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On the Term "Peak in Darien" Experience ; Journal of Near-Death Studies ; JNDS, Volume 31, Number 4

Ohkado, Masayuki

Journal of Near-Death Studies, 31(4), International Association for Near-Death Studies, pp. 203-211 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    On the Term "Peak in Darien" Experience ; Journal of Near-Death Studies ; JNDS, Volume 31, Number 4
  • Author/Creator: Ohkado, Masayuki
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Near-Death Experiences -- Periodicals ; Death -- Periodicals ; Parapsychology -- Periodicals ; Full Articles ; Near-Death Experiences ; Ndes ; Terminology
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Near-Death Studies, 31(4), International Association for Near-Death Studies, pp. 203-211
  • Description: : In this article, I propose to replace the term a "Peak in Darien" experience, which seems to be recently gaining ground, with some other term. Two reasons for this proposal are: (a) the term, taken from John Keats's well-known poem "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," is based on a series of misunderstanding over the years, and (b) using an expression requiring idiosyncratic cultural knowledge irrelevant to the topic may not be the best approach in scientific writing that will be widely read in both Western and non-Western cultures. As a possible substitute, I propose the terms "Encounter with Known Decedent Not Known to Have Died" (EKD) and "Encounter with Unknown Decedent (EUD)" to refer to the relevant cases.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0891-4494