Predating all organized religion, the belief in an afterlife is considered fundamental to the human experience and dates back at least to the Neanderthals. By the mid-19th century, however, spurred by the progress of science, many people began to question the existence of an afterlife, and the doctrine of materialism - which dictates that consciousness is a creation of the brain - began to spread. Now, armed with scientific evidence, Chris Carter challenges materialist arguments against consciousness surviving death and seeks to show how near-death experiences (NDEs) may truly provide a glimpse of an awaiting afterlife. Using evidence from scientific studies, quantum mechanics, and consciousness research, Carter tries to reveal how consciousness does not depend on the brain and may, in fact, survive the death of someone's body. Examining ancient and modern accounts of NDEs from around the world, he explains how NDEs provide evidence of consciousness surviving the death of the body. He looks at the many psychological and physiological explanations for NDEs raised by skeptics - such as stress, birth memories, or oxygen starvation - and shows why each of them fails to truly explain the NDE.