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What Happens When We Die?
Time via Yahoo News ^ | Sep 23, 2008 | M, J, Stephy

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: afterlife; death; nde

1 posted on 09/24/2008 6:14:07 AM PDT by edpc
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To: edpc

“What Happens When We Die?”

Your kids and grandkids get to pay off your share of the bailout.


2 posted on 09/24/2008 6:16:00 AM PDT by Iron Munro (US Marines: First to fight our country's battles in the air, on land, on sea and in orbit!)
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To: edpc

“What Happens When We Die?”

You get either very cold or very hot, depending.......


3 posted on 09/24/2008 6:17:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (I'm gonna use "Sarah!" from NOW ON since Hillary uses "Hillary!"......)
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To: edpc

The judgment.


4 posted on 09/24/2008 6:20:01 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: edpc
What Happens When We Die?

You become a Democrat and continue voting.

5 posted on 09/24/2008 6:20:12 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: Red Badger; edpc; Iron Munro
What Happens When We Die?

We register to vote as Democrats.

6 posted on 09/24/2008 6:20:13 AM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: Red Badger

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.


7 posted on 09/24/2008 6:20:28 AM PDT by MrB (0bama supporters: What's the attraction? The Marxism or the Infanticide?)
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To: edpc

We sleep a lot more soundly.


8 posted on 09/24/2008 6:20:41 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: impeachedrapist
Wow!

1 second.

9 posted on 09/24/2008 6:20:46 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: N. Theknow

One lousy second. I curse you, Red Baron!!


10 posted on 09/24/2008 6:21:03 AM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: edpc
I happen to believe there's an afterlife. If this life is all there is, then by definition God should not exist. But I don't believe we're just a bunch of random molecules thrown together to exist for a brief period of time. God does not play dice with the universe and He is very much involved in the affairs of the world and is concerned with what happens to us.

"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

11 posted on 09/24/2008 6:21:39 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: edpc

And your voter registration card automatically changes from GOP to Democrat.


12 posted on 09/24/2008 6:22:11 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: edpc

Excerpt:

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 ... .


13 posted on 09/24/2008 6:23:02 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: edpc
IBT...unnngh
14 posted on 09/24/2008 6:24:12 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: impeachedrapist
We register to vote as Democrats.

And vote forever and ever, amen.............

15 posted on 09/24/2008 6:24:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (I'm gonna use "Sarah!" from NOW ON since Hillary uses "Hillary!"......)
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To: impeachedrapist; N. Theknow
I'm suprised it took four minutes for that response.

:-D

16 posted on 09/24/2008 6:25:25 AM PDT by edpc
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To: goldstategop

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.


17 posted on 09/24/2008 6:27:58 AM PDT by umgud
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To: umgud

You go to Spanish Channel Land.


18 posted on 09/24/2008 6:31:47 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Iron Munro

Rim Shot.


19 posted on 09/24/2008 6:32:09 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: umgud
Our Japanese maid, Masako, believed she had been some variety of insect in an earlier life.
20 posted on 09/24/2008 6:32:44 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: MrB

Well done, Mr.B...


21 posted on 09/24/2008 6:33:29 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: N. Theknow

LOL. Good one. ; )


22 posted on 09/24/2008 6:35:27 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Is she sure? I think she may have possibly been track 10 on Outlandos d'Amour by The Police in a previous life. Of course, that would depend upon her age.
23 posted on 09/24/2008 6:37:35 AM PDT by edpc
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To: edpc

When I die, you will all cease to exist!


24 posted on 09/24/2008 6:38:52 AM PDT by spodefly (I have posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!)
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To: edpc

“What Happens When We Die?”

People fight over our crap and our Social Security record goes into T1 pay status.


25 posted on 09/24/2008 6:38:58 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: gathersnomoss

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...


26 posted on 09/24/2008 6:39:57 AM PDT by MarineMom613 (My son is My Hero!!!)
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To: edpc

One thing is absolutely certain in regards to this question: every one of us, without exception, is going to receive the answer to it.


27 posted on 09/24/2008 6:40:20 AM PDT by scory
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To: edpc
I'm suprised it took four minutes for that response.

It's still early.

28 posted on 09/24/2008 6:45:46 AM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: MarineMom613

Happy Anniversary!


29 posted on 09/24/2008 6:46:47 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: edpc

She was about 26 in 1958.


30 posted on 09/24/2008 6:47:22 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I had a buddy who was rather husky and liked to eat and drink to excess who explained that in a past life he must have been very poor and didn't get enough of anything and now he was just making up for that.

I theorized that in a past life he was a pig and that in this life he still is.

31 posted on 09/24/2008 6:48:18 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: edpc
I believe at that point where blood flow has stopped and consciousness wanes, when the brain's death is imminent, we recede into our true self.... into our very soul... a minute singularity... a cell of God. And as we are drawn back into that singularity, our preconceptions, prejudicies, the bodily-held conditions and limitations of our very beings are left behind. We are at our most basic raw selves.... and we can think and understand with then a limitless clarity... and it is God's washing our souls to rejoin Him again, or to start afresh. In this state of being, we can still be aware of our surroundings and events. All matter is seen in it's purest... exuding energy...

... 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.

32 posted on 09/24/2008 6:48:40 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: N. Theknow

good one, lol


33 posted on 09/24/2008 6:51:42 AM PDT by jincarolina (I)
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To: edpc

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.


34 posted on 09/24/2008 6:51:47 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: scory

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.


35 posted on 09/24/2008 6:52:09 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("And how can this be? For I am the Kwisatz Haderach! " - Barack Obama)
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To: edpc
"What Happens When We Die?"

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.

36 posted on 09/24/2008 6:59:14 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: spodefly
When I die, you will all cease to exist!

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!)

37 posted on 09/24/2008 7:12:03 AM PDT by thulldud (All your rumor are mong to us.)
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To: edpc

Substantial Change!


38 posted on 09/24/2008 7:13:04 AM PDT by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: edpc
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

I believe this experiment has been done several times already with negative results.

39 posted on 09/24/2008 7:15:00 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: edpc
After you die? You vote Democrat for the rest of eternity.

Just don't do it!

40 posted on 09/24/2008 7:23:30 AM PDT by meadsjn (Socialists promote neighbors selling out their neighbors; Free --Traitors promote just the opposite.)
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To: edpc
I guess they might use a picture like this to truly know if they saw the picture. It will also help in bringing them back into consciousness by scaring them beyond belief.


41 posted on 09/24/2008 7:45:39 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: edpc

“If I knew God I’d be Him.”


42 posted on 09/24/2008 7:48:03 AM PDT by onedoug ( Barracuda!)
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To: Blue Highway

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.”


43 posted on 09/24/2008 7:51:58 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Red Badger
We register to vote as Democrats. And vote forever and ever, amen.............

ZOMBIES AND DEMOCRATS

44 posted on 09/24/2008 7:53:50 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin "The Iron Lady from the North")
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

Beautiful! I’m gonna have to bookmark that!............


45 posted on 09/24/2008 8:12:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (I'm gonna use "Sarah!" from NOW ON since Hillary uses "Hillary!"......)
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To: edpc

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.....


46 posted on 09/24/2008 8:12:42 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Palin has run a state, town and fishing operation. Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth.(Steyn)
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