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(updated 02/27/23)

Robert and Suzanne Mays have studied the phenomena related to near-death experiences (NDEs) together for over 40 years, although neither has had a near-death experience. They began active research on NDEs in 2005.
Research areas
Phenomena connected with near-death experiences (NDEs) and shared-death experiences (SDEs) and their implications for understanding consciousness and neurological function, in particular:
  • The phenomena connected with the out-of-body component of NDEs, especially veridical perceptions during NDEs and SDEs, and apparent interactions during NDEs between the NDEr and physical reality.
  • Neurological evidence of the nonmaterial mind during ordinary consciousness, especially in memory formation and recall.
  • Neurological mechanisms for an interface between the “mind” and the brain, including experiments on interactions of the human bioenergy field with physical processes such as fluorescent materials and photographic paper.
  • Phenomena from NDEs such as NDEr experiences interacting with physical matter, NDEr altered spatial and time perceptions, the life review and life preview, etc. that give insights into the true nature of the self and of reality.
  • Verification and corroboration of specific veridical perceptions during an NDE, such as those of George Ritchie.
  • Specific research on phantom limbs, focusing on perceivable interactions with another person’s body and measurable interactions with physical processes.
Suzanne and Robert - Duke Gardens
BICS Award Ceremony-2021
Suzanne and Robert Mays
at Duke Gardens, May 2014
Robert and Suzanne Mays
with Robert Bigelow at the BICS Award Ceremony, December 4, 2021
Our jointly authored publications include:
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2021). There is no death: NDE evidence for survival after permanent bodily death. Paper was awarded honorable mention in the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies 2021 contest. (abstract and PDF).
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2020). Near-Death Experiences: Extended naturalism or promissory physicalism? A response to Fischer's article. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 27(11–12), 222–236. (abstract and preprint).
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2017). Near-Death Experiences: A critique of the Fischer and Mitchell-Yellin physicalist interpretation, with Response and Rejoinder. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 36(2), 69–99. (abstract and reprint).
  • Mays, R. G. (2016). Eben Alexander's near-death experience: How an Esquire article distorted the facts. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 35(2), 65–93. (abstract and reprint).
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2016). Foreword to the English edition of The Self Does Not Die: Verified paranormal phenomena from near-death experiences by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit. (reprint).
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2015). Explaining Near-Death Experiences: Physical or Non-physical Causation? Journal of Near-Death Studies, 33(3), 125–149. (abstract and reprint).
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2011). A theory of mind and body that solves the "hard problem" of consciousness. Paper presented at 2011 IANDS Conference (Durham, September 2011). (abstract and manuscriptslides and video).
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2010). A theory of mind and body that solves the "hard problem". Poster presentation at the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference (Tucson, Arizona, April 13–17, 2010). (abstract and reprint).
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2008). The phenomenology of the self-conscious mind. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 27(1), 5–45. (abstract and reprint).
  • Mays, R. G., & Mays, S. B. (2008). Phantom limb "touch" suggests that a "mind-limb" extends beyond the physical body. Poster presentation at the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference (Tucson, Arizona, April 8–12, 2008). (abstract and reprint).
Awards:  Honorable Mention in Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies essay contest, 2021. $20,000 award. Co-recipient of an IBM Corporate Quality Award, for the development and dissemination of the defect prevention process, 1991. $30,000 award.

Robert G. Mays received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from MIT and worked in software development at Eastman Kodak and later at IBM for more than 30 years, where he achieved the level of Senior Software Engineer. At IBM he specialized in software development process, software quality and software defect prevention. He was a co-recipient of IBM's first Corporate Quality Award in 1991. After leaving IBM, he taught high school chemistry for several years at different Waldorf schools in the U.S. and is now retired. He is a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Additional coursework:  Medical Neuroscience, Clinical Neurology, Biomedical Imaging, Fundamentals of Neuroscience

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Suzanne B. Mays received an Associate in Applied Science degree in medical secretarial science from Alfred State College (SUNY), Alfred, NY and is a Certified Music Practitioner with training through the Music for Healing and Transition Program. As a Certified Music Practitioner, she provided palliative care to patients at UNC Hospitals and Duke University Medical Center. She also teaches lyre privately and at the Emerson Waldorf School.

Robert and Suzanne have also extensively studied anthroposophy and the works of Rudolf Steiner, and were co-founders of the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC.

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