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Life ‌. After Death

A Senior Personal Learning Environment Psychology, Philosophy and Religion


Dr. Eben Alexander in “The Science of Heaven” in Newsweek November 26, 2012: 24. I can’t say I’m surprised. As a scientist, I know that the consensus of my tribe is that the self is created through the electrochemical activity of the brain. For most neurosurgeons, and most doctors generally, the body produces the mind, and when the body stops functioning, the mind stops, just like a picture projected on a screen does if the projector is unplugged. So when I announced to the world that during my seven days of coma I not only remained fully conscious but journeyed to a stunning world of beauty and peace and unconditional love, I knew I was stirring up a very volatile pot.


When we gather now, there is always someone missing, his absence as present as our presence, his silence as loud as our speech.

Human Beings experience loss. Each loss becomes in some fashion a preparation for death.

Dr. Dominic P. Scibilia


Students are invited to enter into how people live after loss. Perhaps they might engage in a philosophical or theological conversation. They might gather insight from the data of human experience with psychologists, or stand with a protagonist in a novel or play as she seeks to live after death.


Outcomes Congruent with State and JSEA Standards

In the senior elective, under the curricular interdisciplinary umbrella of Religion, Psychology and Philosophy, each student defines his learning objectives, identifies the disciplinary resources, designs in collaboration with course companions the digital strategies for entering into the resources and documenting both his experience and reflection on the learning, implements and assesses with peers and Dr. Scibilia digital demonstrations of what he learns and the difference that learning makes in his understanding of being a man and woman for others.


Students will meet with Dr. Scibilia and as a class only twice during the semester: Cycle one of the first marking period for self-direction and the last cycle of the semester for a course conference during which students present the outcomes of their learning.


In between the first and final week cycle meetings, students and Dr. Scibilia will conduct all learning through digital pathways to be determined by the students. Cycle 1: Design Cycles 2-7: The Learning Experience, Reflection on Learning, Assessments, and Production of Final Evaluation Cycle 8: The Course Conference (Open to the public) – An Evening in January and May


Dr. Scibilia will post only a semester grade for the course. Progress Report or Marking Periods grades will be done in the form of recommendations and commendations in the comment section of PowerSchool’s Gradebook.


Life ... After Death