The brain is still awake after you die, scientists say.
Death is the one mystery that has dogged mankind since the beginning of time.
It is responsible for all religious wars and many scientific discoveries, as the mortals here on earth try to get to the bottom of what really happens to us when we die.
No-one really knows what happens in the far-reaching planes of consciousness after you die, but scientists have now revealed that for a short time at least, the brain is still conscious for a short time after the body has been pronounced ‘dead’, could it be in this short window is the secret to life after death?
The new study, conducted by Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, looked at people who were technically ‘dead’ due to cardiac arrest, and what was going on in their brain.
Near death experiences (NDE’s) have been studied periodically throughout history, but they are often not taken seriously, and are seen as ‘unscientific’ with people describing bright lights and tunnels.
But Dr. Parnia’s study was substantiated by many medical and nursing staff who were present, the Independent have reported.
They state that many patients who had been pronounced ‘dead’ where aware of things going on around them, and even had full blown conversations with people, all whilst being dead!
The study shows that death is not a black or white situation, and the lines between the living and the dead really ARE blurred, opening up many new possibilities.
Dr. Parnia said:
“Technically, that’s how you get the time of death – it’s all based on the moment when the heart stops.
“Once that happens, blood no longer circulates to the brain, which means brain function halts almost instantaneously.
“You lose all your brain stem reflexes – your gag reflex, your pupil reflex, all that is gone.”
His research will have to change the definition of what death really means, and time of death will have to be reviewed. How you say a person is dead when they are still talking, just because their heart has stopped beating, and when does a person REALLY die – just because they are unable to talk anymore, that is not to say things are not still going on in the mind.
Dr Parnia added:
“In the same way that a group of researchers might be studying the qualitative nature of the human experience of ‘love’, for instance, we’re trying to understand the exact features that people experience when they go through death, because we understand that this is going to reflect the universal experience we’re all going to have when we die.”
Via Idea Pod