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Scientific and Medical Network Network Review No.83 Winter 2003 Claudia Nielsen reports
 that the October meeting of the London Group of the SMN their speaker was:
Prof Erlendur Haraldsson from the Univ of Iceland in Reykjvik.

"Dr Haraldsson has researched evidence for life after death for a number of years in Iceland
 as well as in the USA and coauthored a book with Karlis Osis called At the hour of death.
In his talk Erlendur presented the statistics of his research into apparitions and experiences
of contact with the dead. The research population was self-selected from readers of  four
different magazines who were asked to write in if they have had such experiences. They
were then asked a number of questions regarding these visions and Erlandur compiled
some interesting statistics based on these replies. For example half the widow/ers experience
the presence of their partner after they died.  More than half of the experiences happen
during daylight (or full electric light) which contradicts the traditional belief that ghosts appear
in the dark. The subjects belonged to all ages and were most engrossed in some activity
when the experience took place. Seventy percent of the apparitions were known to the
experiencer and 52% happened within one year of their death. The literature shows that much
of these results mirrored a survey conducted some 100 years ago called "Phantasms of the
Living". Visions and Apparitions are intriguing events and based on these results it seems
really that they are not really all that rare.  The Human Values Study was conducted in most
countries in western Europe and the USA in the early 1980s.  One of the questions asked
"have you really felt that you were in contact with someone who had died?" The percentage
 of those who replied in the affirmative ranged from 9 to 41% in various countries, Iceland
and the USA topping the list, Italy next (34%), followed by Germany (28%) and the
 UK (26%), the lowest being Norway (9%).  Erlandur's Website

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