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Brain dead

27 March, 2006

Pim van Lommel, a Cardiologist at Rijnstate Hospital in Arnhem, The Netherlands has published in The Lancet the results of a study into Near-death experience in survivors of cardiac arrest (Lancet 2001; 358: 2039-2045).

This scientific study raises interesting questions about whether we are conscious after we die.

If you suffer a cardiac arrest, your brain stops. All electromagnetic activity ceases. You are brain-dead.

But large numbers of people who had been through this reported that they had experienced a near-death experience.

The fact that so many people reported such a similar set of experiences, even during brain-death, suggests that in some way consciousness continues after death.

In the light of the evidence, Dr van Lommel wonders whether death, like birth, may be a mere passing from one state of consciousness to another.

Makes you think…

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