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For decades near-death experiences like Jeanette’s have been written off as delusions by scientists. They are dismissed as no more than the last twitches of a dying brain. Modern science has no place for mysticism and the paranormal. But now a group of British researchers are challenging the scientific establishment by launching a major study into near-death experiences. They hope to settle once and for all the question of whether there truly is life after death.
“We now have the technology and scientific knowledge to begin exploring the ultimate question,” says Dr Sam Parnia, leader of the research team at London’s Hammersmith Hospital. “To be honest, I started off as a sceptic but having weighed up all the evidence I now think that there is something going on.
As soon as a patient slips into a cardiac arrest, Dr Parnia’s team will swing into action. The first priority will be to get the patient’s heart beating again. Equipment used during the resuscitation will have symbols placed on top of it in such a way that they can only be seen from above. Other symbols will be placed around the patient’s body.
Surviving patients will then be gently quizzed about their experiences when they regain consciousness. Those that claim to have left their bodies will be questioned in more detail to see if they can identify the symbols.
Dr Parnia has designed the experiments to be bullet-proof. He is only too keenly aware that critics will tear his work apart if he leaves even the slightest doubt about the rigour of his team’s efforts. It will also destroy his career as a scientist. Even the exact experimental details are shrouded in secrecy.
Originally posted by schuyler
Source is here from his sister. The reason I placed this thread here in Paranormal Studies is because it sounds to me like he saw something just prior to passing. He had been looking at his family, but at the time he said this he was looking past them. I suspect he was seeing the other side, such that it is. Unfortunately he didn't elaborate, and that's certainly not much to go on, but still, it's not unlike others' statements before they go.
Is this enough to ponder, or it just a 'nothing to see here; move along' kind of moment?edit on 10/30/2011 by schuyler because: (no reason given)
I was waiting for "Bill Gates sucks" Text
Originally posted by samstone11
reply to post by marg6043
You are exactly correct. Even those of us who are Christian struggle with the human nature that fears the unknown. As a Christian, we are confident we will go to Heaven, but even the best descriptions in the Bible are very difficult to comprehend.
Certainly, there are many here on ATS who do not share my belief in Heaven, but that is something you really don't want to be wrong about. Assuming Heaven is as real as I believe, the non-believers are to be denied entrance. It's OK to disagree with me, but is it really worth the risk?
We may never know what Steve Jobs was experiencing, but the one certainty is that we will all someday have our own.