Sunday, 1 December 2013

(Probable) Explanation Offered for ‘After Death’ Experiences

The latest scientific research has recommended that dying rats experience an odd rush of extreme brain activity throughout their last moments of life. This increased brain function might be in line with (and thusly describe) Human accounts of near or after death experiences, as reported by some people around the world.

Approximately a 5th of all folks who have survived a cardiac arrest have reported having an ‘After Death Experience’ or ADE.  This is sort of an alarming stat, principally as the ADE tends to have a very profound effect within the life of that survivor. Having an ADE is seen by many as irrefutable proof of an spirit world or a continuance of the person’s soul after death.

Likewise, a ‘Near Death Experience’ (or NDE) is thought to be parallel to an ADE, but clearly occurs while the patient continues to be technically living. Most people who experience NDE’s report a floating sensation or ‘Out of Body Experience’ (OBE), as well as encounters with angels, deceased members of the family and loved ones. Both NDE and ADE survivors frequently explain traversing a long tunnel in direction of an intense light.

Deliberations of life after death appear in early scriptures, archaeological sites and many following works of philosophy and possess fascinated (and frightened) Persons, regardless of creed, ethnic group or culture, since time immemorial.

After recuperating from surgery in 1979, Jazmyne Cidavia-DeRepentigny of Hull, Georgia, USA, reported a stereotypical NDE tale which was ultimately published in the book ‘Beyond The Light’ by P.M.H Atwater in 1994. Like many, Jazmyne recounts particulars of her surgery that would be very hard to obtain were she lying.

Jazmyne says that “I was perched over my body.  I could see and hear everything which was being said and done.  I left the room for a short while and came back to where my corpse lay.  I knew why I died.  It was because I could not breathe.  I had a tube along my throat and the medical staff didn’t have an oxygen mask on my nostril.  I’d also been provided excessive sedative”.

She went to illustrate her attempts to remove the tube from her throat from a rather harrowing account.

Prior to the aforementioned study, it is established proven fact that neural activity ceases once the heart stops. This has now been demonstrated as being untrue, at the least so far as rats are concerned. It’s also the strongest premise thus far regarding the reasons of ADEs, OBEs and NDEs.

One of those scientists responsible for these results, Dr. George Mashour of the University of Ann Arbour, Michigan, USA said the team was “surprised by the high levels of motion” in the rodents. “In fact, at near-death lots of known electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking condition, signifying the brain is able of well-organized electric activity throughout the early phase of clinical death.” He said.

The team’s lead scientist, Dr. Jimo Borjigin added that “This report tells us that drop of oxygen or equally oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate neural activity which is characteristic of conscious processing,”

However, Dr. Martin Coath from the University of Plymouth, United kingdom was a little critical of the team’s findings.

Dr. Coath said that, as the rats were anaesthetized, the findings better demonstrated the unconscious brain’s reaction to the critical lack of blood flow and oxygen. He also said the study had not essentially showed that any ‘sensitive conscious processing’ had actually taken place, suggesting that the wording of that conclusion was “a bit of a stretch”. He commented that, while the consequences were “genuinely interesting” they were also “hardly surprising”.

The results of this report will little doubt be of great curiosity to numerous within the scientific kinship, also as religious groups, those engrossed in the mystic and people who have experienced an ADE or NDE.


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