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Near-death experiences explored in peer-reviewed study

By T.K. Randall
April 12, 2022 · Comment icon 13 comments

Could NDE's teach us more about the nature of human consciousness ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 erpete
New research into what happens when we die has yielded some interesting data about near-death experiences.
The research, which involved an international and multidisciplinary team of scientists, aimed to study near-death experiences (or "recalled experiences of death (RED)") while also laying the groundwork for future research into the subject.

The scientists found that some experiencers seemed to exhibit signs of lucidity, despite being outwardly unconscious, while studies of the brain indicated anomalous activity and electrical spikes indicative of a heightened state of consciousness in those in the midst of such experiences.

"Thus, studies of consciousness and lucidity during cardiac arrest, PVS [persistent vegetative state] and terminal lucidity during end of life experiences suggest that, paradoxically, people deemed to have irreversibly lost consciousness may in fact maintain a component of consciousness," they wrote.

They concluded that the research conducted thus far could neither prove nor disprove the phenomenon.
"Few studies have explored what happens when we die in an objective and scientific way, but these findings offer intriguing insights into how consciousness exists in humans and may pave the way for further research," said study leader Sam Parnia.

Intriguingly, the research also highlighted the possibility that a person who has died could potentially be revived hours or even days afterwards so long as their cells have not deteriorated too much.

"From a scientific perspective, death remains potentially reversible for as long as the underlying cellular processes have not reached biological irreversibility, possibly hours to days into the postmortem period," the researchers wrote.

Whether this could eventually be translated into a practical way to resuscitate someone who has been dead for days, however, remains to be seen.

Source: Jerusalem Post | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by papageorge1 2 years ago
Been doing that for you for years Xeno
Comment icon #5 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
No you haven't. For once people are doing real research into a phenomena and you basically dismiss it. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by papageorge1 2 years ago
I don’t dismiss it. I’m saying it doesn’t say much because it’s only seeing from a materialist perspective. The real interesting stuff is beyond materialism.
Comment icon #7 Posted by and then 2 years ago
Perhaps I've missed it but the one piece of evidence that can refute the claim that the entire experience is purely biological, is the incidents where the subject saw things or heard things they could not possibly have been able to see or hear.  The shoe on an exterior window ledge in a part of the hospital the patient never traveled to is the kind of example I speak of.  There are others but that one gives the doubt about the consciousness being purely organic.
Comment icon #8 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
Unless there is something solid and testable to back such things up. It's pure speculation.  We can go on anecdotes all day and have a handful of nothing after.
Comment icon #9 Posted by papageorge1 2 years ago
That would be physical evidence but science needs controlled experiences.    In the realm of common sense though those things are extremely compelling evidence that the experience is outside a materialist explanation.
Comment icon #10 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
Everything you think, do, say, write, feel, every experience. All of those things have a material existence correct? You experience the wind blowning, the crunch of dead leaves under foot, etc. All of those things have a basis in the material world. Why shouldn't these near death experiences be any different?  I almost didn't want to ask as I know how you'll respond.
Comment icon #11 Posted by papageorge1 2 years ago
In my spiritualist view, experience and the experiencers are non-material but experience can be initiated by material interactions. The physical plane is reducible to atoms and electrons and such moving about with no capacity to collectively 'experience'. There are in addition to the material realm an astral realm (to feel), mental realm and causal realm to allow experiencing. Near Death Experiences involve the separation of the non-physical bodies from the physical body. The experience is not physical at all. I've been harsher. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
You do realize this "spiritual model" is a psychological one, right? Basically separating our experiences into "planes". The basic physical, mental, emotional layers of experience.  So is there proof of this none physical aspect of our existence? I mean real supporting evidence. No. You responded exactly how I expected.
Comment icon #13 Posted by papageorge1 2 years ago
No, I am saying these are planes of nature with matter and in dimensions beyond the detectable three of our physical senses and instruments. As I was replying to @and then veridical NDEs (inexplicable knowledge of the outside world later verified) are not explainable in the model you are suggesting.

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