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Consciousness may persist after death, study suggests

By T.K. Randall
August 1, 2022 · Comment icon 189 comments

How long does it take for us to fully die ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 erpete
Researchers now believe that consciousness may persist for up to 20 seconds after a person has clinically died.
Time of death is usually recorded as the moment a person's heart has stopped, however research into near-death experiences has indicated that this may not be the end of the story for many people.

Previous studies have suggested that a surge of electricity enters the brain just prior to death and research done on animals has indicated that the brain may enter a hyper-alert state at that time.

Some people report experiencing all manner of things, including the typical 'tunnel of light', the presence of lost loves ones, psychedelic visions and other strange phenomena - all while clinically 'deceased' - suggesting that there is something more going on than meets the eye.

Those who survive such near-death experiences often recount vivid memories of them.
It would certainly seem as though consciousness persists even when the heart has stopped beating.

Dr. Sam Parnia of the NYU Langone School of Medicine, and colleagues, have been investigating exactly how the brain dies while taking into account stories of near-death experiences.

Consciousness, he believes, can continue for up to 20 seconds after the heart has stopped.

Even after that, however, the brain can potentially take hours to completely shut down.

"Many times, those who have had such experiences talk about floating around the room and being aware of the medical team working on their body," he told Live Science.

"They'll describe watching doctors and nurses working and they'll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them."

Source: Big Think | Comments (189)

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Comment icon #180 Posted by psyche101 1 year ago
No it didn't. More lies from the radical right.  America's Frontline doctors are who need to be investigated. Abuse of the Hippocratic oath. Disbar them. 
Comment icon #181 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
It happens a lot when they want an FDA approval, or like you said, grant money.  And the people giving the grants control the data as well.   It is why my cousin and his partners left high paying jobs at a large pharmacuetical company in the 80's to start their own so that they could research what they wanted.   And they got FDA approval for 2 mRNA therapies that help a tiny number of people (ALS and some infant syndrome).   They were some of the first researchers to go the mRNA route.   But they needed money to keep doing their research so they hired out their labs and scientists to bigg... [More]
Comment icon #182 Posted by joc 1 year ago
The CDC controllers are the one's who need to be investigated.
Comment icon #183 Posted by psyche101 1 year ago
These people outright lied, profited of those lies and misappropriated funds. Don't think for a second they don't completely deserve being scrutinised. This action isn't half what they deserve. As I say, they all should have licenses removed. They took an oath and didn't uphold it. 
Comment icon #184 Posted by Festina 1 year ago
Peak in Darien Reports   The Abrahamic religions don’t want you know about this.  Why? For one thing it would prove that the demon Yahweh is a liar and a deceiver. furthermore it would expose them as the liars they are and would put the Medical Industrial Complex, the Religious institutions, Academia, Lawyers and the Military, and more OUT OF BUSINESS.   THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ONE        
Comment icon #185 Posted by and-then 1 year ago
I think any of them who aren't within a substantially funded institution are subject to "bending" their data just a bit.  The difference with Covid was many of them sold out and the repercussions of it are still being felt today.  My wife is an MD, in Pathology and she saw it happening even in her workplace.  Those who don't believe that, need only wait until the "next pandemic" rolls up on the world.  Millions upon millions of Americans and others will laugh in their faces when they try to lock countries down and force people to stay in their homes.  Huge damage was done, IMO - INTENTION... [More]
Comment icon #186 Posted by and-then 1 year ago
THIS^  They don't seem to have any self-awareness on this issue, either.  Myself, as a believer in the God of the Bible, freely admit that I can't explain how He does what He does but unlike the science worshippers, I actually try to approach my faith with an eye to seeing it unfold in the physical world in ways that confirm Biblical writ but also within the realm of science.  Those who mock even the concept of a Creator, have no compunction at giving credence to science on a level of faith.  I don't mock them nor do I feel the need to rail against them but they certainly have the habit of... [More]
Comment icon #187 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
You make a good point, I see a lot of what I call "science acolytes", people who know very little science but believe it is the be all and end all, the law of the universe, when in fact it is just a very good set of tools to explore the universe and increase our knowledge of it.   We don't know everything, and no scientific "fact" is law and is only a "fact" until someone finds something else that nullifies that "fact" or explains it more throughly.    What people Knew scientifically 150 years ago has been proven incomplete or completely false.   Mostly because of bias, and ignoring what s... [More]
Comment icon #188 Posted by jmccr8 11 months ago
First. i have no belief system. i trust science. i trust what neuroscience said. Hi Nate Are you sure about that, you just made a comparison to Taoist beliefs?
Comment icon #189 Posted by localism 4 months ago
This study is flawed. How can the researchers know for definite that awareness continues for twenty seconds after clinical death? How do you measure time in a private subjective experience and how can you be precise about when this subjective experience actually occurred?  The NDE investigators shouldn't be allowed into hospices. It's unethical. 

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