When some people have a close brush with death, they can report a sense of an afterlife or some kind of life after death. This may include a feeling of being disassociated from their body, seeing deceased loved ones or religious figures, or an examination of their life.
As many as one in 10 people who have had a brush with death report an NDE, and often transient euphoric feeling – some have a new found meaning of religion and life.
However, an expert has now revealed that the NDE’s are not a sign of heaven, but rather it is the brain, which is depleted of energy, desperately scanning for a solution to the impending death.
Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the truth of these intense emotions. They are as real as any other subjective feeling or understanding.
“As a scientist, however, I operate under the hypothesis that all of our thoughts, memories, terms and experiences are an inescapable consequence of the natural causes of our brain̵7;s power rather than any supernatural .
“That premise has served science and its female counterpart, technology, very well over the last few centuries.
“Unless there is exceptional, disturbing, objective evidence to the contrary, I see no reason to reject 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 in a fraction of a minute and the his electroencephalogram, or EEG, becomes isoelectric — in other words, flat.
“This suggests that large-scale, spatially distributed electrical activity within the cortex, the widest layer of the brain, is damaged.
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Research has found that after an NDE, people tend to have a decline in fear of death and have little interest in material functions.
They also tend to be more 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 to their NDEs negatively.”