When some people have a close brush with death, they can report a feeling of a life after life or some form of life after death. This may include a feeling of being separated from one’s body, seeing deceased loved ones or religious persons, or a review of their lives.
As many as one in ten people who have had a brush with death have reported an NDE, and often come away feeling euphoric – some with a new perceived sense of religion and afterlife.
However, an expert has now revealed that NDE is not a sign of heaven, but rather the brain that is running out of energy and is desperately looking for a solution to imminent death.
Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the reality of these intensely known experiences. They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.
“As a scientist, however, I work on the hypothesis that all our thoughts, memories, regulations and experiences are an invincible consequence of our natural causal power in the brain rather than some supernatural.
“This premise has served science and its civil servant, technology, extremely well over the last few centuries.
“If there is no extraordinary, convincing, objective evidence to the contrary, I see no reason to abandon this assumption.
“Modern death requires irreversible loss of brain function. When the brain is starved of blood flow (ischemia) and oxygen (anoxia), the patient fails for a fraction of a minute and his or her electroencephalogram, or EEG, becomes isoelectric ̵
“This means that large-scale, spatially distributed electrical activity within the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, has broken.
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The research found that people after an NDE tend to have a decline in fear of death and less interest in material functions.
They also tend to be less competitive and less interested in their personal status.
A statement from Western University said: “This is important because it suggests that individuals do not relate negatively to their NDEs.”