Came across this very interesting study on “Out of Body” experiences. This study will formally study subjects that experience Near Death Experiences.
The study is being led by Dr. Sam Parnia, who wrote What Happens When We Die. He says and correctly that death is NOT an off/on switch. All the cells do not die right away. The brain may have stopped functioning and maybe even the heart would have gone phut, but that does not mean that chemical interactions within individual cells have completely stopped.
Now, what has intrigued the docs is that those whose brain is medically dead.. are finally revived and have uncannily described what was happening IN THE ROOM while the brain was not working! Now, if the brain was working, one could argue that at the subconscious level at least the brain could monitor stuff through various senses.
But if brain was dead and the patient could still “absorb” the events around him/her, then WHAT was at work?? Is then, brain the ONLY “instrument” of recording memory/cognition? Or is there something that is different or over and above brain?
Even more importantly, in my view, is brain’s “software” able to function without the brain’s hardware? In fact, if the experiences are to be believed, then that “software”/instrument of record actually dissociates from the body and “plants” itself ABOVE it (watching from ceiling being the most common expression). So is this instrument of record within ones body actually localized BY The brain…. and virtually emprisoned within the confines of brain’s limits?
If the OBE are to be believed then the following may be true:
1. Brain is NOT the only intrument/system of record and memory
2. Whatever that OTHER part or piece of recording events and memory is.. is somehow able to “detach” itself AND still survive.. in fact keeps working fine!
3. This OTHER part or piece seems to have a non-localized (limited perhaps but yes nevertheless) way of working
Then what is this OTHER part or piece and how can it be studied?
This is exactly what Dr. Parnia intends to do.
So the key thing here is, Are these real, or is it some sort of illusion? So the only way to tell is to have pictures only visible from the ceiling and nowhere else, because they claim they can see everything from the ceiling. So if we then get a series of 200 or 300 people who all were clinically dead, and yet they’re able to come back and tell us what we were doing and were able see those pictures, that confirms consciousness really was continuing even though the brain wasn’t functioning.
What do you think? Have you had any OBE or NDE? What was your understanding of them?
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