NDEs Absolutely, Positively NOT Caused By Malfunctioning Brains (Updated)

NDEs Absolutely, Positively NOT Caused By Malfunctioning Brains (Updated)

Sep 29

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While many “experts” continue to suggest that malfunctioning brains produce near-death experiences, the evidence is now overwhelming that this is not the case…

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Especially Important Off-Site Links:

• Scientific Evidence Supporting Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife

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Dr. Bruce Greyson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, speaking at the “Cosmology and Consciousness Conference – Mind and Matter” in India in 2011.

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Glimpses of Eternity
By Raymond Moody

Book Description:

Raymond Moody, author of the multimillion copy best-seller, Life After Life, reveals new results from his lifelong investigation of what happens when we die. Raymond Moody revolutionized the way we think about death with his first book, Life After Life, which was stories of people who died and then returned to life. Going through a tunnel, encountering an angelic being or having an out-of-body experience are hallmarks of what Moody termed a ‘near-death experience.’ Since the publication of his multimillion copy best-seller, hundreds of thousands of people have contacted Moody to share their own experiences. The startling pattern that Moody discovered is that at the time of death, loved ones also have inexplicable experiences. Glimpses of Eternity is the first book to talk about the phenomenon of ‘shared death experiences.’ Readers will discover deathbed moments when entire families see the light or the room changes shape. Others tell of seeing a film like review of a loved one’s life and learning things that they could never have known otherwise. The stories are at once a comfort and a mystery, giving us a new understanding of the journey that we will take at the end of our lives.

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Excerpted from “Vital Signs”, the newsletter of the International Association for the Near-Death Studies, Inc. (IANDS), Spring 2012 Issue (Volume 31, Number 1)

Question: What’s the single most important thing that sticks with you from the last 30 years of NDE exploration?

Dr. Raymond Moody: “That’s a big one… You know, I think of something recent that I see as very important. I’ve sensed in the last five years or so that the scoffers are on the defensive… They’ve been rattled when I see them in the debates… there’s not this abrasive aggressiveness you used to see. It’s rather more like they feel they don’t know where they are and all their old arguments have run out.

“I think there’s been a turnaround in where the scoffers are now… they are on the defensive. I saw Sanjay Gupta on CNN a few months ago talking about NDEs with a skeptic… the guy was definitely intimidated by the physicians who were standing there saying “Holy Mackerel, what IS this?” And, you know, they were the experts on neurophysiology, so the pseudo-skeptic couldn’t really come back. So, confronted with your question, that’s what immediately comes to mind. I think we’ve seen the turn-around, where the ball is in their court to come up with something.”

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Mindsight: Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in the Blind
By Kenneth Ring

Book Description:

mindsightThis book investigates the astonishing claim that blind persons, including those blind from birth, can actually “see” during near-death or out-of-body episodes. The authors present their findings in scrupulous detail, investigating case histories of blind persons who have actually reported visual experiences under these conditions.There is fascinating evidence that the blind do “see” in these moments, but it is not sight as we think of it. Ring and Cooper suggest a kind of “transcendental awareness” they refer to as Mindsight. It involves seeing in detail, sometimes from all angles at once, with everything in focus, and a sense of “knowing” the subject, not just visually, but with multisensory knowledge.Human beings may be more talented than we think, gifted with amazing abilities of perception. This book is an opportunity to assess the evidence for yourself.

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Woman, Blind From Birth, Sees During NDE

Vicki Noratuk was born blind. In this Coast-To-Coast interview Vicki describes what it was like to experience sight for the first time. Then she goes on to describe encounters with Jesus, moving through hellish and heavenly realms, and being told she couldn’t stay on the other side because she was to become a mother and teach unconditional love and forgiveness. Jesus, according to Vicki, also told her to tell others about him and her experience: “let them know of this day and tell them that I AM”. To learn more about Vicki Noratuk, go here.

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Excerpts from Dr. Penny Sartori’s new book, “The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences”

Miraculous Healing

“This near-death experience had two significant effects on his life. First, Tom says, it completely removed any fear of dying.

“Even more extraordinary is what happened to his right hand, which had been frozen since birth into a claw-like position.

“(This had been noted on his hospital admission form, and his sister has since signed a statement confirming it.)

“Yet, in front of me, soon after his near-death experience, Tom opened and flexed that same hand. This should not have been physiologically possible, as the tendons had permanently contracted. What had caused this sudden, seemingly spontaneous healing? Even now, science has no answers.

“But when you study near-death experiences, as I have for the past couple of decades, you grow used to phenomena that defy all rational explanation…”

From the first article in the Daily Mail series

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Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience
By Pim van Lommel

Book Description:

As a cardiologist, Pim van Lommel was struck by the number of his patients who claimed to have near-death experiences as a result of their heart attacks. As a scientist, this was difficult for him to accept: Wouldn’t it be scientifically irresponsible of him to ignore the evidence of these stories? Faced with this dilemma, van Lommel decided to design a research study to investigate the phenomenon under the controlled environment of a cluster of hospitals with a medically trained staff.

For more than twenty years van Lommel systematically studied such near-death experiences in a wide variety of hospital patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers published his study on near-death experiences in the renowned medical journal The Lancet. The article caused an international sensation as it was the first scientifically rigorous study of this phenomenon. Now available for the first time in English, van Lommel offers an in-depth presentation of his results and theories in this book that has already sold over 125,000 copies in Europe.

Van Lommel provides scientific evidence that the near-death phenomenon is an authentic experience that cannot be attributed to imagination, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. He further reveals that after such a profound experience, most patients’ personalities undergo a permanent change. In van Lommel’s opinion, the current views on the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers, and psychologists are too narrow for a proper understanding of the phenomenon. In Consciousness Beyond Life, van Lommel shows that our consciousness does not always coincide with brain functions and that, remarkably and significantly, consciousness can even be experienced separate from the body.

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Dr. Eben Alexander’s Remarkable NDE

Concerning the near-death experience of Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Raymond Moody says “I have never heard one that comes near this. This is the most amazing story that I personally have heard in 50 years now of interest in this.” The October 15, 2012 edition of Newsweek ran a cover story on Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience. Go here to read the Newsweek piece. To find out more about Dr. Alexander and his extraordinary near-death experience, go here. To order a copy of Dr. Alexander’s book, go here. To view our coverage of Dr. Alexander, including the controversial expose’ that Esquire published, go here.

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Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death
By Chris Carter

Book Description

The scientific evidence for life after death.

• Explains why near-death experiences (NDEs) offer evidence of an afterlife and discredits the psychological and physiological explanations for them

• Challenges materialist arguments against consciousness surviving death

• Examines ancient and modern accounts of NDEs from around the world, including China, India, and many from tribal societies such as the Native American and the Maori

Predating all organized religion, the belief in an afterlife is fundamental to the human experience and dates back at least to the Neanderthals. By the mid-19th century, however, spurred by the progress of science, many people began to question the existence of an afterlife, and the doctrine of materialism — which believes that consciousness is a creation of the brain — began to spread. Now, using scientific evidence, Chris Carter challenges materialist arguments against consciousness surviving death and shows how near-death experiences (NDEs) may truly provide a glimpse of an awaiting afterlife. Using evidence from scientific studies, quantum mechanics, and consciousness research, Carter reveals how consciousness does not depend on the brain and may, in fact, survive the death of our bodies. Examining ancient and modern accounts of NDEs from around the world, including China, India, and tribal societies such as the Native American and the Maori, he explains how NDEs provide evidence of consciousness surviving the death of our bodies. He looks at the many psychological and physiological explanations for NDEs raised by skeptics — such as stress, birth memories, or oxygen starvation — and clearly shows why each of them fails to truly explain the NDE. Exploring the similarities between NDEs and visions experienced during actual death and the intersection of physics and consciousness, Carter uncovers the truth about mind, matter, and life after death.

See also:

• Science and the Afterlife Experience (book)
• Science and the Near-Death Experience (book)
Science and Psychic Phenomena (book)
• Why Materialist Science Cannot Explain Near-Death Experiences
• Science & The NDE: Chris Carter On Skeptiko
Book Review: Science And The Near-Death Experience
• New Book: ‘Brain Wars’ on NDEs

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Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death
By Sam Parnia, Josh Young

Book Description

Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death sheds new light on the ultimate mystery: What happens to human consciousness during and after death?0062080601

No one comes face-to-face with death more often than Dr. Sam Parnia, founder of the AWARE Study (AWAreness during REsuscitation), and one of the world’s leading experts on the scientific study of death, the human mind-brain relationship, and near-death experiences.

Based on cutting-edge research in the science of death, Erasing Death is evidence that we are making previously unthinkable technological progress in our battle against death, and still more radical victories await us. With Dr. Parnia at the forefront, we may be on the verge of inadvertently discovering a new universal science of consciousness that reveals the nature of mind and the so-called human soul.

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Science and Postmortem Survival
Talk by Dr. Bruce Greyson
Society for Scientific Exploration
May 12, 2010

Original Link

Bruce Greyson, M.D., is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. Dr. Greyson graduated from Cornell University with a major in psychology, received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical College, and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia. He has spent the last three decades investigating near-death experiences. In this sweeping talk, Dr. Greyson discusses what science has learned from three different lines of investigation into postmortem survival. For the purposes of this resource page, the video below includes Dr. Greyson commenting on a Cambridge college student who was missing most (if not all) of his cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex, of course, plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness. This extraordinary case is referenced between 4:18 and 5:02 in the video below. To watch Dr. Greyson’s complete talk, go here.

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OTHER LINKS & RESOURCES:

• Scientific Evidence for Survival of Consciousness After Death (near-death.com)
Key Facts about Near-Death Experiences – Correlations and Explanations (IANDS)
NDE Stories on Colton Burpo

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8 comments

  1. Jesus is not Lord

    This guy was commited to a psychiatric hospital in the 90’s. Shocker!!! Let us pray to the floating spaghetti monster… ‘Yummmmmm, Ramen.’ Dimethyltryptamine and exaggerations or sraight up lies explains all of this.

    • Nina

      In response to your flippant negative comment:

      Dr. Moody has a malfunctioning thyroid that causes him to be agitated at different times in his life – this has nothing to do with his NDE research. But that was not the reason he was committed to a psychiatric hospital. His father had him committed because he was afraid of his own world view being changed by the current research that Dr. Moody was engaging in. In the hospital, they misdiagnosed his physical problems that were due to non-functioning thyroid, eventually got it right and gave him thyroid replacement medicine, and he was immediately released. It sounds like you need to discredit NDE research due to your own fears that a new paradigm for reality brings up in you. I have a suggestion for you…please check your facts before discrediting someone.

  2. Which guy was committed to a psychiatric hospital in the 90’s? Are you talking about Raymond Moody?

    • Simon Limbrick

      It’s such a shame that people like you come out with silly comments like this. Your opinion is entirely subjective (look it up) and bares no resemblance to the facts of near death research. You cannot deny that something extraordinary is occurring during these episodes and back it up with something more reliable as evidence-based. Before casting aspersions on others’ experiences, first have a constructive argument to make. By just giving your opinion, which is just based on ignorance, it makes you look rather silly.

  3. Peter A.

    The so-called sceptics who like to insult and make fun of those who report having experienced something that they, due to their limited imaginations, cannot explain, do so because it is now all that they CAN do.

    The evidence that there is so much more to reality than just ‘memes’, brains and molecules, is now overwhelming. The die-hard materialists, with so much to lose because of this, have to resort to the desperate strategy of ad hominem attacks because it is all that they have left in their armoury.

    So sad and pathetic. Not to mention childish and desperate. The paradigm shift is here, and they are afraid of it.

  4. Valerie Sumner

    I also have had many OBE’s and a Death Experience. I left my body floated up by the ceiling,looked back & saw myself on the bed, i looked dead.But i was Ok just near the ceiling, then the room started to get wider & longer, then a huge tunnel apeared with a blackness,i felt warmth like a wind as i travelled towards a very bright light,silver & blue i wanted to get to it, then thought of my Mother & Father & horses, i returned to my body but the room had gone & in its place was like a kaelidascope at the bottom was a red line horizontal with ared hand, which moved towards the horizontal line,i knew that when it touched it i would be dead,i kept saying go back,go back, and the hand fell,I am still here.(happened in UK)1972

  5. Nicholas Kovalenko

    Those interested in this subject might like to know that there is a mechanism inherent to the human species that can be triggered under certain extreme circumstances, which opens and connects one’s consciousness with what i describe as the “inter-dimensional divine conduit” that NDEers experience and typically interpret with various degrees of predisposed, projected and indoctrinated subjectivity.
    While it does require extreme life or death circumstances to activate this “divine conduit” mechanism, it is not exclusive to the NDE, and the experience corroborates and is more comprehensive and as or more powerful, extraordinary and profound than the highest level NDEs (those that push past religious predispositions, orientation &/or beliefs) like Andy Petros, Anna Moorjani, Mellon-Thomas Benedict, Eben Alexander, etc.

    The “divine conduit” experience also leaves neurological and physical evidence (i.e., a “mark”) in the way of white shocks of hair in one’s beard and/scalp.

    So my question to skeptics is, how do you explain, dismiss or rationalize away the fact that this non-NDE mechanism exists and corroborates the highest level NDEs?

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