Scientists study ‘out of body experiences’

Sceintists will see if consciousness continues after brain death  Photo: Justin Sutcliffe

People who report seeing bright lights or tunnels as they leave their bodies in near-death experiences are having their claims treated seriously in a hospital study.

Telegraph | Sep 19, 2008

By Jessica Salter

Doctors in hospitals in Britain and the US will study 1,500 heart attack patients to see if people with no heartbeat or brain activity can have “out of body” experiences.

Some people report being able to soar out of their bodies and look down on themselves and medical staff.

The study at 25 UK and US hospitals will include doctors placing images on shelves that are only visible from the ceiling to test the theory.

Dr Sam Parnia, an intensive care doctor who is heading the study, said: “If you can demonstrate that consciousness continues after the brain switches off, it allows for the possibility that the consciousness is a separate entity.

“It is unlikely that we will find many cases where this happens, but we have to be open-minded.

“And if no one sees the pictures, it shows these experiences are illusions or false memories.

“This is a mystery that we can now subject to scientific study.”
Dr Parnia said that after a cardiac arrest, where the body is technically dead, doctors restart the heart and reverse the dying process.

He said: “What people experience during this period of cardiac arrest provides a unique window of understanding into what we are all likely to experience during the dying process.”

Hospitals involved include Addenbrookes in Cambridge, University Hospital in Birmingham and the Morriston in Swansea, as well as nine hospitals in the US.

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6 responses to “Scientists study ‘out of body experiences’

  1. Atheists can do as many scientific experiments as they like and avoid the 2000 years of experience of (Orthodox) Christian teaching on life after death and what actually happens as soon as we die.

    I have many relatives and friends who, when they were dying, were describing what they were seeing. Some saw devilish looking creatures and Angels, going through tunnels full of light, little houses in a beautiful land, seeing dead relatives and Saints.

    “Death is not the end; it is the beginning of the true life that awaits us beyond the grave, if indeed we have begun to live it here. Christ, “the resurrection and the life” (Jn. 11,25), came, was crucified, resurrected, ascended to heaven and waits for us there, as He assured us: “I go (to heaven) to prepare a place for you” (Jn. 14,2). Therefore, death does not reveal our finiteness; it reveals our infiniteness, our eternity. This is why the Christian meditates and ponders upon the mystery of death in a way that is productive, positive and dynamic. For this present life is an arena in which the great battle is waged for the sake of immortality and eternity.” – http://orthodoxinfo.com/death/

    Many people in their arrogance choose to avoid this truth and instead look for earthly answers.

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  4. I experienced my twinflame enter into my environment at 5 in the morning and said one word, “enough”. This was a profound miracle of divine love after I published poetry of asking why my love was not enough. Many years passed before I realized the miracle that took place. I believe that we need to shift our perceptions to absolutely know we can experience the higher consciousness of divine love all around us.

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