(Promising) Justification Offered for 'After Death' Experiences
Nearly a 5th of all those who have survived a cardiac arrest have reported having an 'After Death Experience' or ADE. This is sort of an alarming stat, specially as the ADE tends to use a profound effect on the existence of that survivor. Having an ADE is seen by many as indisputable substantiation of an spirit world or a continuation of that individual's soul after passing away.
In the same way, a 'Near Death Experience' (or NDE) is considered being comparable to an ADE, but clearly occurs while the patient remains to be technically living. Some people who encounter NDE's report a balanced sensation or 'From Body Experience' (OBE), as well as encounters with angels, dead members of the family and cherished ones. Both NDE and ADE survivors frequently describe traversing a long tunnel in the direction of an extreme light.
Discussions of life after death appear in early scriptures, archaeological sites and several following works of viewpoint and possess fascinated (and frightened) Human beings, regardless of creed, race or culture, since time immemorial.
After recuperating from surgery in 1979, Jazmyne Cidavia-DeRepentigny of Hull, Georgia, USA, reported a classic NDE account which was finally published in the book 'Beyond The Light' by P.M.H Atwater in 1994. Like some people, Jazmyne recounts facts of her surgery that would be very hard to obtain were she lying.
Jazmyne states that "I was floating over my body. I could see and listen to everything that was being said and done. I left the area for a minute after which came back to where my body lay. I knew why I died. It is because I could not breathe. I had a tube down my throat and the medical staff did not have an oxygen mask on my nostril. I'd also been provided too much sedative".
She went to explain her efforts to remove the tube from her throat from a rather traumatic account.
Prior to the aforementioned study, it is accepted fact that neural activity ceases once the heart stops. This has now been demonstrated as being untrue, at the least as far as rats are concerned. It is also the strongest hypothesis to date concerning the reasons of ADEs, OBEs and NDEs.
One of the scientists responsible for these results, Dr. George Mashour of the University of Ann Arbour, Michigan, USA said that the team was "amazed by the high degrees of activity" in the rats. "In truth, at near-death numerous known electric signatures of consciousness exceeded degrees found in the waking state, suggesting that the brain is able of well-organized electric activity over the initial stage of clinical death." He said.
The team's lead scientist, Dr. Jimo Borjigin added that "This report tells us that decrease of oxygen or both oxygen and glucose throughout cardiac arrest can stimulate neural activity that's characteristic of conscious processing,"
However, Dr. Martin Coath on the University of Plymouth, UK was somewhat critical of the team's findings.
Dr. Coath said, because the rats were anaesthetized, the findings better demonstrated the unconscious brain's response to the dangerous deficiency of blood flow and oxygen. He also said that the study had not essentially proved that any 'sensitive conscious processing' had in reality taken place, signifying that the wording of the conclusion was "a bit of a stretch". He commented that, while the results were "genuinely interesting" they were also "hardly amazing".
The results of this study will little doubt be of great notice to many within the scientific kinship, as well as religious groups, those interested in the mystic and those who have experienced an ADE or NDE.