What happens when you die? Medical researchers have long assumed consciousness to be faded or gone when the brain is supposed to be shut down, but the largest ever study of heart attack victims claims to prove that the so-called near death experience is real. The study even claims people who are clinically dead on the operating room table can recall events up to three minutes after death.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, scientists who created a quantum theory of consciousness called Orch OR, claim they have evidence for how the human soul functions in conjunction with the physical brain. A model named Andressa Urach claims to have had a near death experience, and now she says God wants her to tell the world that vanity isn’t everything.
Dr. Sam Parnia of the University of Southampton studied 2,600 patients who intimately know what happens when you die. After suffering a cardiac arrest, these patients were revived after their brain functions were supposed to have stopped. None of them recall walking toward a bright light, but many recall detailed events after being declared medically dead, with 46 percent experiencing real events that occurred in the operating room.
A good nine percent claimed to have had a near death experience, and even two percent, or 52 people, claimed to have had visual out of body experiences. Unfortunately, death is not as peaceful as we might hope, since many just recall feeling fear.
The biggest finding of the study was that the detailed events recalled by the patients actually corresponded to verified events.
“This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating,” Dr. Parnia said according to Metro.
“In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat. This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted.”
In the end, the researchers believe the question of what happens when you die now “merits further genuine investigation without prejudice.” The researchers realize that out of body experiences and near death experiences can be quite controversial, but with this study they “wanted to go beyond the emotionally charged yet poorly defined term of NDEs to explore objectively what happens when we die.” Dr. Parnia admits more research is needed, but he claims the study proves it’s impossible to disclaim or “absolutely prove the reality or meaning of patients’ experiences and claims of awareness.”
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