“Lives changed forever”: near-death experience conference call (IANDS 2011)

The International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) is a non-profit educational organisation devoted to the understanding of NDEs, their personal effects and their spiritual implications. One of IANDS’s activities is an annual conference, and this year’s conference will take place on the weekend of 2-4 September 2011 (Labor Day weekend).

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New Zealand near death experiencers needed for first Kiwi study

Dr Mary Murray and Dr Natasha Tassell

Personal accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) are wanted for the first large-scale study of the phenomenon in New Zealand.

The study is being undertaken by Massey University‘s Dr Mary Murray, a sociologist and senior lecturer, and Dr Natasha Tassell, a psychology lecturer. They have set up the Massey University NDE Research Group whose purpose is to investigate NDEs in New Zealand and is the first research group of its kind in the country.

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The Character Project: Templeton Foundation funds study into the nature of human character

University awarded $3.67 Million to study the nature of character.

The Character Project

The past 30 years have seen a resurgence of interest in character, particularly in the areas of psychology, philosophy, and theology. This work has given rise to a number of challenging questions, such as:

  • Do character traits such as honesty or compassion really exist?
  • If they do exist, how prevalent are they, and what is their underlying psychological nature?
  • Should character traits such as the virtues be the centerpiece of our best ethical theory?
  • How should we go about improving our characters and overcoming our character flaws?
  • For those working in theology, should thinking about human and divine character be central to theological ethics?

The goal of the Character Project, a research project funded by  the John Templeton Foundation, is to address these questions and to foster new advances in the study of character.

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