Charlie Siebert reports:
Scientists reveal the science behind near death experiences. One fifth of people who survive a cardiac arrest (heart stopping) event describe some sort of unexplainable experience while they are clinically dead.
A recent Gallup poll claim 3% of the US population has had these experiences. They range from lights at the end of a tunnel or seeing departed loved ones to outer body experiences and are known as Near Death Experiences or NDE’s.
A University of Michigan animal research study analyzed the recordings of brain activity called electroencephalograms (EEG’s) from anesthetized rats undergoing experimental cardiac arrest. Their results have shown that shortly after the heart stops beating and blood no longer flows to the brain, the rats displayed a level of electrical activity that resembled, and in some cases exceeded, that of a conscious brain. “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data, but, we were surprised by the high levels of activity.
In fact, at near-death, many known electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking state, suggesting that the brain is capable of well-organized electrical activity during the early stage of clinical death.” This could explain why survivors have described their experiences as “realer than real”. Up until this study the brain has always been thought to be inactive during and following cardiac arrest. These findings were reported in the August 12 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
While I know we are not rats, it certainly brings attention to an area of research that needs further investigation in humans.
What do you think?
Charlie Siebert is the Committee Chairman of The Society of American Magicians’ Paranormal Investigation Committee (PIC)