Scientists Poo-Poo Your Near-Death Experience

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An unfortunate fact of human existence is that we will all, someday, die. But the lucky ones among us will get to have a near-death experience, bounce back, wake up renewed, and tell everyone about how we saw the light or a reaching hand or heard a very important message (like the Lotto numbers, for instance) before waking up to the smiling faces around us. Maybe we'll even sell some books about our true story, once we get out of the hospital, and make some money! Alas, scientists now want to destroy that dream. According to research from Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, those scenarios that make waking up to friends and family that much more satisfactory "can be explained by the brain trying to make sense of the process of death."

For example,

Researcher Caroline Watt said one common vision - that of people seeing a bright light which seems to be drawing them into the afterlife - is probably produced by the death of the cells we use to process the light picked up by our eyes and turn it into pictures.

Other research indicates that a hormone released when people suffer from stress and injuries may cause the feelings of "love and peace" some experience as they seem to approach death.

Scientists! Must you ruin everything?

There are a few, fortunately, who say that just because you can't trace something back to the brain doesn't mean it's not real...not that we'd want them medicating us, necessarily.

For the record: We will always support you by at least pretending to believe in your near-death experience. Even you, Colton Burpo.

An out-of-body experience? It's just your brain playing tricks on you [Daily Mail]

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Landellmeats
Landellmeats

Whatever happens after death I for one hope it involves people explaining things they have no way of proving.

Guest
Guest

Hm, I wonder if 2 Esdras 7 is correct: Now concerning death, the teaching is: When the decisive decree has gone out from the Most High that a person shall die, as the spirit leaves the body to return again to him who gave it, first of all it adores the glory of the Most High. 79If it is one of those who have shown scorn and have not kept the way of the Most High, who have despised his law and hated those who fear God-80such spirits shall not enter into habitations, but shall immediately wander about in torments, always grieving and sad, in seven ways.

Golanaraven
Golanaraven

Ya know, we can pontificate till the nano second death occurs. For me, give me that peaceful acceptance I had when I thought I was meeting death and I will know all this was really for nothing....but it has been one helluva ride!!!!! 

Lekatt
Lekatt

Yes, this is just supposition and has nothing to do with research. I don't know why they bother to put it out, means nothing.

Guest
Guest

is probably produced by the death of the cells we use to process the light picked up by our eyes and turn it into pictures.Yeah, that's believable. Truth is there are numerous THEORIES as to what happens during the near death experience but as of yet there are no facts about the process so until then the commie athiests at the Village Voice can take their secular agenda and stick it.

Golanaraven
Golanaraven

I Know nothing about bright lights but when my head was on the road and the wheel of the taxi was headed right for a splash of my noggin I became so peaceful and recall saying to myself "so, this is what it is like to die." No panic. No fear just utter peace and acceptance. I was 18 years old.Obviously it missed. Or have I been going around these 50 plus years dead?

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