According to our current medical concepts, it is not possible to experience consciousness during a cardiac arrest, when circulation and breathing have ceased. But patients may report the occurrence of enhanced consciousness with cognitive functions, emotions, self-identity and memories from early childhood. We will discuss a Dutch study of 344 survivors of cardiac arrest published in The Lancet, and a second study of 562 survivors in which between 11 percent and 18 percent reported a near-death experience (NDE). How then is consciousness related to the integrity of brain function? Dr. van Lommel argues that the phenomenon of the NDE can no longer be scientifically ignored and that most likely the brain facilitates but does not produce consciousness.
This lecture is part of The Art of Dying Conference Lectures & Panel Series Collection recorded at the Art of Dying Conference in NYC in April of 2015
ISBN Digital Download: AOD15L5DD
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