posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 09:33 AM
As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I
followed my father’s path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens
to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys
described by those who narrowly escaped death.
The brain is an astonishingly sophisticated but extremely delicate mechanism. Reduce the amount of oxygen it receives by the smallest amount and it
will react. It was no big surprise that people who had undergone severe trauma would return from their experiences with strange stories. But that
didn’t mean they had journeyed anywhere real.