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When you die you are aware that you are dead

Posted on Thursday, 19 October, 2017 | Comment icon 36 comments

The mind can stay active even after you are dead. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 erpete/deviantART
A new study has suggested that the mind can still be active even after the body stops showing signs of life.
The research, which was led by Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, involved investigating patients who had suffered a cardiac arrest and had 'died' but who had then been successfully resuscitated by doctors.

The team found accounts of patients who recalled being aware of entire conversations being carried out in the room even after they had been pronounced dead. By cross-referencing these accounts with medical staff present at the time, it was possible to verify that what they had heard was real.

Some of the patients had even managed to see things happening around them during this time.

Death is typically defined as the point at which the heart has stopped and blood is no longer flowing to the brain, however now it seems as though a person's mind can still remain active after this time.

"Technically, that's how you get the time of death - it's all based on the moment when the heart stops," said Dr Parnia. "Once that happens, blood no longer circulates to the brain, which means brain function halts almost instantaneously."

"You lose all your brain stem reflexes - your gag reflex, your pupil reflex, all that is gone."

Back in 2013, researchers at the University of Michigan determined that the brain may enter in to a "hyper-alerted state" for a short period of time after clinical death.

Could this be the point at which near-death experiences occur ?

The search for answers continues.

Source: Independent | Comments (36)

Tags: Life, Death, Mind

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Comment icon #27 Posted by I'mConvinced on 23 October, 2017, 11:13
The brain doesn't stop functioning the moment the heart stops pumping blood, this has been known for a long time now. In fact the reason these people could be brought back was for exactly the reason that they were not dead in the first place. We have even kept people alive for 8 hours after their heart has stopped by cooling the brain and keeping it supplied with oxygen. It is only when the brain is completely starved of oxygen that death finally occurs. It would seem that only a tiny percentage of people actually experience such things and even then there are inconclusive.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Dakotabre on 23 October, 2017, 12:09
If this is true and we are 'aware' after death... at what point do we become 'Not Aware' if we are not revived like this to tell the tale... would we listen to our own funeral, would we be stuck laying in the coffin listening to worms for eternity???
Comment icon #29 Posted by bison on 23 October, 2017, 16:17
The brain does not cease all its functions at the moment of cardiac arrest. Itseems to beunderstood, though, that theelectrical activity which supports the higher functions, such asawareness of one's surroundings, does fail at that time. It's not too surprising that only a small portion of revived patients are reported toremember being aware of what was occurring around them while they were expected to be unconscious. Only alimited portion were interviewed to ascertain what they remembered. Medications and trauma probably interfered with the ability to remember, too. It may be that cons... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Almighty Evan on 23 October, 2017, 16:26
Antoine Lavoisier FWIW, "history" has "debunked" this.
Comment icon #31 Posted by I'mConvinced on 23 October, 2017, 16:29
This is the problem bit for me. None of the described cases actually 'saw' anything that couldn't be explained by the brain hearing the noises associated with the actions/items etc. When they carried out an experiment, putting a hidden picturein the room that could only by seen by someone 'outside' of their body, then guess what happened? Nobody saw a thing.
Comment icon #32 Posted by bison on 23 October, 2017, 18:00
The linked article describes the experiment of placing apictureon a high shelf in hospital emergency rooms, so that it could only been seen from a height near the ceiling. It doesn't actually report onthe results. Supposing that none of the patients reporting 'out-of-body' experiences noticed the picture,a number of explanations,other than imagination, come to mind. The attention of the patients is reportedly focused on their own bodies, and uponthose personsattending them, and their actions. They may simply have not noticed the picture. Perhaps the viewpoint of consciousness was quit... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by quiXilver on 24 October, 2017, 5:43
Tibetan Book of the Dead goes into this in detail.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Jon the frog on 27 October, 2017, 17:17
How long we continue to sense things ? If it's a couple of minutes that's okay but a couple of hours or more would be horrible...
Comment icon #35 Posted by XenoFish on 27 October, 2017, 19:25
A lot of people live their lives Dead inside. And they know it.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Podo on 27 October, 2017, 20:26
One of my company's clients is a government organization. When I do meetings with them on-site, it's an entire floor full of people whose jobs are so soulless and disinteresting that they died decades ago, and their bodies are just catching up.

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