I am a neuroradiologist, in the Boston area, and my wife is a Harvard doctor as well.
Let's just say the brain is a very not well understood fuzzy computing device that
is a combination of neurotransmitters, astroglial stromal elements, a complex vascular system,
a complex neural net computer that emits an electromagnetic field, that probably stores memory holographically.
And that's the simple view. This neurosurgeon's neocortex may have shut down enough to activate
the papez circuit, a reptilian brain if you will, that controls our emotions.
We cant really image function with MRI, but I bet he's referring
to EEG tracings - which probably showed lack of alpha wave activity and other signs of deep unconsciousness.
This is an old controversy in medicine : the out of body experience.
I for one believe in it for a multitude of reasons. I even think the American indians were onto
something with shamanistic rituals and their attempts to enter the spirit world through trances.
After all, a coma is a form of a trance. Many times I wonder if all the distractional inputs were
removed, aka sensory deprevational states, would we tune into the netherworld more easily?
Ahhh, the big questions. Im stuck looking at awful strokes, hemorrhages, aneurysms, and tumors
all day. The really cool stuff would be pursuing the dream world, like in Dr. Haber's lab, in the Lathe of Heaven....
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