Currie, Ian

Ian Currie (1936–1992) was a professor and author of Survival After Death research.

Ian Currie was born in Vancouver and received a bachelor of arts degree in English and anthropology and a master of arts degree in sociology from the University of British Columbia. He did doctoral work in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley and later became a professor at York University, Toronto. He taught interdisciplinary courses on the subjects of death and dying.

Currie left academic life to become a researcher and write full time. In 1978, he published You Cannot Die: The Incredible Findings of a Century of Research on Death, which became an international bestseller.

You Cannot Die makes a convincing case for survival in its examination of Deathbed Visions, Near-Death-Experiences, Out-of-Body Experiences, Mediumship, Reincarnation, Apparitions, PossessionS, and Hauntings.

Currie’s research was influenced by his own hypnotic past-life regression with Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Joel Whitton. Currie was so impressed with regression that he led past-life therapy sessions himself.

After Currie’s death, Toronto Medium Muriel Williams began Channeling him. Bill Williams, Muriel’s husband, had met Currie in 1985. He and Currie had agreed that whoever passed over first would attempt to make contact through a psychic or medium. Muriel and Bill Williams were both convinced that Currie did indeed return to them. Muriel died in 2003. Bill completed and published her book, Life in the Spirit World (2006), which addresses the nature of the Afterlife, and is the result of their three-way collaboration with Currie.


  • Currie, Ian. You Cannot Die: The Incredible Findings of a Century of Research on Death. New York and Toronto: Methuen, 1978.
  • ———, with a foreword by Joe Fisher. You Cannot Die: The Incredible Findings of a Century of Research on Death. Toronto: Somerville House, 1993.
  • Williams, Muriel and Bill. Life in the Spirit World: The Mind Does Not Die. Victoria, B.C.: Trafford Publishing, 2006.


The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits– Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – September 1, 2007

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