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Near-death experiences explained ?

Posted on Tuesday, 13 August, 2013 | Comment icon 134 comments | News tip by: Render

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Scientists believe a surge of electrical activity in the brain could explain the NDE phenomenon.

People who have been on the brink of death or who have died and been resuscitated have often described unusual experiences that include seeing a tunnel of light, the sensation of floating above one's own body or the feeling of a divine presence. Some attribute these experiences to the passage between this life and the next, but scientists believe there may be a more down-to-earth explanation.

In a new study, researchers discovered that electrical activity in the brain could account for the vivid experiences some people describe. "A lot of people thought that the brain after clinical death was inactive or hypoactive, with less activity than the waking state, and we show that is definitely not the case," said study lead author Dr Jimo Borjigin. "If anything, it is much more active during the dying process than even the waking state."

"A surge of electrical activity in the brain could be responsible for the vivid experiences described by near-death survivors, scientists report."

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Comment icon #125 Posted by psyche101 on 6 December, 2013, 5:21
But for 25 years + straight? I have many early mornings, but usually long days, I would like to try what works for others to experience it for myself, as with many other so called metaphysical experiences, I find they tend to let me down as one has to do all the work, including imagine that what is happening to them is special. I do not mean that in a derogatory way, but people make certain interpretations that seem very much personal to me, and from an outside perspective do not seem mystical at all, to see something like that for myself, and be convinced it is more than mundane would be ... [More]
Comment icon #126 Posted by psyche101 on 6 December, 2013, 5:23
Hey whatever works right? I'll give it a try over the weekend, I'll let you know if I had any success. I do miss dreaming, I remember having vivid dreams of flying as a small child, they were fantastic and very real to me.
Comment icon #127 Posted by Frank Merton on 6 December, 2013, 5:35
Dreaming is not like watching movies. You do not watch the dream, you live it.
Comment icon #128 Posted by White Crane Feather on 6 December, 2013, 18:28
I would agree in many instances, but when it comes to NDEs prosaic explanations have been explored, and simply do not hold up to scrutiny. Its also not very scientific for scientists simply to offer likely hoods based on their own beliefs on the matter. That is what psudoskeptics do. For example, many skeptics right here on these forums offer up all kinds of prosaic explanations for NDEs without really knowing what they are talking about. Ill give an example. Over and over I again, I hear that NDEs are probably just the brain interpreting randnom signals. Not only is it not true its not pos... [More]
Comment icon #129 Posted by White Crane Feather on 6 December, 2013, 20:16
I don't know where you get "worthless....or Crap" it may have been ambiguous but it obviously wasn't worthless to someone. I see how you are using as an example of peoples tendency to find meaning where there may be none, but you are making your self guilty of assuming the conclusion first. If there is sort of spiritual meaning or realm guiding synchronistic events here in the physical, then how do you know those circumstances were not placed there to do exactly what it did...provide meaning for someone that needed comfort? Im not saying that's the case, but In a reali... [More]
Comment icon #130 Posted by White Crane Feather on 6 December, 2013, 20:30
These publications are in academic journals Creating an OBE and then experimenting with what you find out of body is a bit of an undertaking. If you go for it, ill help where I can. Watch this video and if try join this discussion.
Comment icon #131 Posted by docyabut2 on 7 December, 2013, 0:10
To me dreams are just a extorted view of everything we think or worry about ,but what is real in what people experience in NDE `s. For the person to view something in a operating room when there are no brain waves recorded is something to really look at.
Comment icon #132 Posted by psyche101 on 11 December, 2013, 8:22
Hi WCF Sorry for the delay in reply, I have read this three times now over a couple of days to let it sink in, as you are genuinely trying to help me understand something I do not, I figure the best I can do is do my level best to completely understand that which you are portraying. Yes, you have put it more mildly, but that is not what I am doing, you have described exactly what I am seeing, finding meaning where they may be none - please note that my prose will be blunt as I do work in construction, and have a colourful prose in a regular situation, which I try to curb in the presence ... [More]
Comment icon #133 Posted by psyche101 on 11 December, 2013, 8:28
Again thank you for the information, as soon as the holiday starts, I will give this an honest attempt. Had a look at the thread, again, thank you.
Comment icon #134 Posted by Ernest Hemingway on 11 December, 2013, 8:46
How it works that way is a different question, than the why!

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