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Can science explain near-death experiences?

Posted on Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 | Comment icon 35 comments

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Scientists are finding more and more ways to explain the various aspects of near-death experiences.

Around three percent of people in the US have reported a near-death experience at some time in their lives, with descriptions of a bright light and of floating above one's body being common amongst them. But are these really signs of a transition to the hereafter or could there be another explanation ?

"Approximately 3 percent of the US population says they have had a near-death experience, according to a Gallup poll."

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Comment icon #26 Posted by reggie2011 on 1 October, 2011, 15:36
one day perhaps
Comment icon #27 Posted by Mentalcase on 1 October, 2011, 17:06
I have had an NDE twice in my life. Although, I can't be too sure of the situations because, I wasn't there to observe from an outside POV. I was brain-dead for a while once when I was 16. Some kid jumped me with a few car-loads of people (over a girl, of course). He picked me up and dropped me on my head, on the concrete (pile-driver?). Anyway, I was told by the hospital when I woke up three days later, that I flat-lined during the ambulance ride. After being in a short coma for three days, I came to. I had to relearn my motor skills, etc. Terrible times. Especially since I had to go back to ... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by home_at_last on 5 October, 2011, 20:12
There is a book by a doctor called... Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences
Comment icon #29 Posted by Seeker79 on 7 October, 2011, 5:34
It's what you carry with you. The place you are in. A small percentage of people in narcissistic existences are going to have a hard transition upon death. ( this is opinion) things like suicide and horrendous crimes are about narcissism. But it defeats the hypothesis that it's endorphins that cause the "hallucination" rather than being a response to the experience.
Comment icon #30 Posted by SinNomine00 on 21 March, 2012, 19:13
I'm not religious, but I don't think we should use science to explain away the world. Especially when the science isn't scince and they're just giving things names.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Imhilion on 24 March, 2012, 1:43
I most certainly didn't. they have just discovered it themselves: I simply observe and state the obvious: they don't have a clue what they're doing. they invent stuff from thin air and then realize they were wrong. they don't even understand gravity, which is the one force humans on earth have been experiencing the LONGEST! let alone answering questions like why do these laws of the universe exist in the first place, where they came from, what is their nature, etc. just to mention the most simplistic questions, not touching stuff like why ... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Seeker79 on 24 March, 2012, 4:32
As an engineering student reading through this thread I was genuinely mortified of how, in the 21st century, there are still people who disrespect or distrust science and what scientists entails. First of all, scientists don't make things up and spread a "dogma" or "religion" of science. Science, first and foremost, is based on experimentation. Theorists who "make crap up" have very little credibility or respect in academia or industry. Experimentation itself is based on a very practical guideline, and because humans are ones doing the experimentation, there is a heavy margin for error. The me... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by einfopedia on 5 April, 2012, 4:39
i think that the death experiences or NDEs are defined as as feelings that sometimes occur when a person is nearly dead or has been clinically declared dead. They're typically accompanied by out-of-body experiences, journeys through dark tunnels, flashes of light, the awareness of being dead, feelings of peace and calm, meetings with deceased relatives, life reviews and the disappearance of the fear of death.Often, people report hearing or seeing things while clinically dead that they are able to confirm upon resuscitation. Despite their relatively frequent rate of occurrence -- in one study, ... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Render on 13 August, 2013, 7:38
Yup, it can be explained. Of course. Sorry new-agers. Near-death experiences are 'electrical surge in dying brain' .
Comment icon #35 Posted by White Crane Feather on 13 August, 2013, 13:52
Yup, it can be explained. Of course. Sorry new-agers. Near-death experiences are 'electrical surge in dying brain' . Yup that exsplaines it.

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