Skip to comments.What Happens When We Die?
Posted on 09/24/2008 6:14:06 AM PDT by edpc
A fellow at New York City's Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Sam Parnia is one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death. Last week Parnia and his colleagues at the Human Consciousness Project announced their first major undertaking: a 3-year exploration of the biology behind "out-of-body" experiences. The study, known as AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation), involves the collaboration of 25 major medical centers through Europe, Canada and the U.S. and will examine some 1,500 survivors of cardiac arrest. TIME spoke with Parnia about the project's origins, its skeptics and the difference between the mind and the brain.
What sort of methods will this project use to try and verify people's claims of "near-death" experience?
When your heart stops beating, there is no blood getting to your brain. And so what happens is that within about 10 sec., brain activity ceases - as you would imagine. Yet paradoxically, 10% or 20% of people who are then brought back to life from that period, which may be a few minutes or over an hour, will report having consciousness. So the key thing here is, Are these real, or is it some sort of illusion? So the only way to tell is to have pictures only visible from the ceiling and nowhere else, because they claim they can see everything from the ceiling. So if we then get a series of 200 or 300 people who all were clinically dead, and yet they're able to come back and tell us what we were doing and were able see those pictures, that confirms consciousness really was continuing even though the brain wasn't functioning.
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“What Happens When We Die?”
Your kids and grandkids get to pay off your share of the bailout.
What Happens When We Die?
You get either very cold or very hot, depending.......
You become a Democrat and continue voting.
We register to vote as Democrats.
Your actions, choices, and behaviors in this life depend on what you believe will happen when it’s over.
If you’re an eternal being made in God’s image, and recognize that everyone else is also, you’re going to behave, choose, and treat others in a certain manner.
If you believe you cease to exist, you’ll behave, act, choose, and treat others in another way.
We sleep a lot more soundly.
One lousy second. I curse you, Red Baron!!
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
And your voter registration card automatically changes from GOP to Democrat.
What was your first interview like with someone who had reported an out-of-body experience?
Eye-opening and very humbling. Because what you see is that, first of all, they are completely genuine people who are not looking for any kind of fame or attention. In many cases they haven’t even told anybody else about it because they’re afraid of what people will think of them. I have about 500 or so cases of people that I’ve interviewed since I first started out more than 10 years ago. It’s the consistency of the experiences, the reality of what they were describing. I managed to speak to doctors and nurses who had been present who said these patients had told them exactly what had happened, and they couldn’t explain it. I actually documented a few of those in my book What Happens When We Die because I wanted people to get both angles - not just the patients’ side but also the doctors’ side - and see how it feels for the doctors to have a patient come back and tell them what was going on. There was a cardiologist that I spoke with who said he hasn’t told anyone else about it because he has no explanation for how this patient could have been able to describe in detail what he had said and done. He was so freaked out by it that he just decided not to think about it anymore.
Ah, a teaser ... .
And vote forever and ever, amen.............
I’m not sure I’d like to live life believing there was no afterlife and I sure don’t like living with a plurality of those who do.
You go to Spanish Channel Land.
Well done, Mr.B...
LOL. Good one. ; )
When I die, you will all cease to exist!
What Happens When We Die?
People fight over our crap and our Social Security record goes into T1 pay status.
Not so funny, but today is my parents wedding anniversary. My mother used to cry because they always had an anniversary dance together. She died this past December and this morning I was talking to her and told her she can have finally have her dance with Daddy today and to enjoy.
I have to believe she is with my father and other loved ones watching over us. It’s what gets me through the days...
One thing is absolutely certain in regards to this question: every one of us, without exception, is going to receive the answer to it.
It's still early.
She was about 26 in 1958.
I theorized that in a past life he was a pig and that in this life he still is.
... and then, on evenings when they are irritated at life's little things and settle down to sleep, we can prank our family members by loosening a corner of their fitted sheets.
good one, lol
I have a friend who was dead on the table for five minutes. I asked him (as many have) what he remembered and said “absolutely nothing.”
However, he is a democrat and an athiest. Hm.
Right you are.
Since there are only two possible answers at death (we continue on in spiritual form, which would prove God’s existence, or we cease to exist altogether) I figure I have nothing to lose by choosing to believe in an eternal God and an afterlife. If I’m wrong, I’ll cease to exist and nothing will matter anyway. If I’m right, I go to be with God in paradise.
Not a bad choice, if you ask me.
Well it depends, if you live near Chicago or Philly you vote Democrat for the rest of eternity.
No matter where you live the government takes a goodly chunk of your estate because they kwno you can't stop it.
Also if you are male then someone else gets all your toys.
Well, when you do, let me know. Send an email or something.
(I mean, if I don't exist any more, then I don't have to pay bills and stuff, right? I'm OK with that!)
I believe this experiment has been done several times already with negative results.
Just don't do it!
“If I knew God I’d be Him.”
They might ask the dead person once they regain consciousness, what did you see looking down from the ceiling, and they would say, “I saw a picture of ghastly proportions. A hideous face multiplied many times over, it was what appeared as a face of the living dead. And then in a cold sweat I awoke.”
Beautiful! I’m gonna have to bookmark that!............
It was odd to see this article first thing this morning on Yahoo......since...my Father In Law died at 5:30am today .....but, please no condolences.....the only good thing I (or his son, my husband) could say about him is he fought in WWII. We did ponder where he might be RIGHT NOW.....