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Near-death experiences are often thought of as mystical phenomena, but research is now revealing scientific explanations for virtually all of their common features. The details of what happens in near-death experiences are now known widely—a sense of being dead, a feeling that one's "soul" has left the body, a voyage toward a bright light, and a departure to another reality where love and bliss are all-encompassing.
Approximately 3 percent of the U.S. population says they have had a near-death experience, according to a Gallup poll. Near-death experiences are reported across cultures, with written records of them dating back to ancient Greece. Not all of these experiences actually coincide with brushes with death—one study of 58 patients who recounted near-death experiences found 30 were not actually in danger of dying, although most of them thought they were.
For instance, the feeling of being dead is not limited to near-death experiences—patients with Cotard or "walking corpse" syndrome hold the delusional belief that they are deceased. This disorder has occurred following trauma, such as during advanced stages of typhoid and multiple sclerosis, and has been linked with brain regions such as the parietal cortex and the prefrontal cortex—"the parietal cortex is typically involved in attentional processes, and the prefrontal cortex is involved in delusions observed in psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia," Mobbs explains. Although the mechanism behind the syndrome remains unknown, one possible explanation is that patients are trying to make sense of the strange experiences they are having.
Out-of-body experiences are also now known to be common during interrupted sleep patterns that immediately precede sleeping or waking. For instance, sleep paralysis, or the experience of feeling paralyzed while still aware of the outside world, is reported in up to 40 percent of all people and is linked with vivid dreamlike hallucinations that can result in the sensation of floating above one's body. A 2005 study found that out-of-body experiences can be artificially triggered by stimulating the right temporoparietal junction in the brain, suggesting that confusion regarding sensory information can radically alter how one experiences one's body.
Originally posted by SideWynder
reply to post by chrismicha77
when I was in the military, i got blown up... and I was clinically dead for several minutes...what I saw and experianced did change my outlook on life.. yet still I do question, was it a religious experiance? is there a "god" a supreme being, an all powerfull "creator" that collects all our life force and warmly welcomes us back home..
Or is it just a chemical reaction that we experiance as our bodily functions shut down....I do not know, I have no answers to this question... all I know is that what I experienced has raised more questions..
Originally posted by Epirus
I had a friend in college who was the biggest skeptic I have ever met. This guy's brain was wired so tight you couldn't get anything by him that wasn't proven by modern science. He had a relative pass away in a sudden unexpected death and the night the relative died he witnessed the relative in his room saying goodbye. The next day he proclaimed that he must be crazy but he was 100% sure he was awake and witnessing the event as he was skeptical and scientifically driven and questioned his consciousness during the whole thing. He also made sure to note that it can't be anything paranormal because the relative is still alive. Later in the day he found out that the relative passed away the night before around the time he experienced the event. He still tries to find logical reason for the encounter and perhaps it was a huge coincidence and it can be explained. I've heard other stories from people I don't know personally that have had similar events occur. People witnessed things in waiting rooms after they died, things they never could have known had transpired. This research posted by the OP means nothing to me when I review the true events of NDEs.(I know the OP is just putting it out there and not supporting/denying it) There is something more to the experiences than a bright light and a tunnel with relatives.edit on 14-9-2011 by Epirus because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by JibbyJedi
I died at age 8 and saw this spiral nebula with a bright center, several people were floating about at different distance from me, some had old fashioned clothing further back, the closest person to me introduced himself as my uncle, who I never met because he died before I was born.
He told me I had to go back and next thing I remember was a flash and waking up with severe chest pains.
I asked my mother who ******* was, and she said that was her brother's name, he died in 1967.
I told her I met him and described what he looked like. She dusted off a shoebox in her drawer full of pictures and sure enough, that was the guy I saw.
I don't need men in white coats to tell me what happens when you die, but I would like to know what happensafter all that bright light tunnel stuff.
Originally posted by Jim Scott
Apparently the study ignores data or experiences that do not fit the scientifically acceptable criterion. For example, what about the experiences of people who have been dead for hours or days who come back to life? Scientifically, these people are clinically dead with a capital D. According to science, they would not ever be able to come back to a fully functional life, brain undamaged. However, they do.
I don't believe science. I think it's bull**** a lot of the time, based on carefully contained data.
Check out OOPARTS, out of place artifacts, and see how the scientific community completely ignores them in order to maintain a clear line of believeable data.