The most current scientific analysis has recommended that dying rats experience an strange flow of intense neural activity during their last moments of life. This increased brain operation could be consistent with (and thusly describe) Human accounts of near or after death experiences, as reported by lots of people around the world.
Almost a fifth of all people who have survived a cardiac arrest have reported having an ‘After Death Experience’ or ADE. This is sort of an alarming stat, particularly as the ADE tends to have a very profound effect within the life of that survivor. Having an ADE is seen by many as certain proof of an afterlife or even a continuance of that individual’s soul after death.
Similarly, a ‘Near Death Experience’ (or NDE) is considered to be like to the ADE, but obviously occurs while the patient is still technically alive. Lots of people who encounter NDE’s report a balanced sensation or ‘Out of Body Experience’ (OBE), also as encounters with angels, deceased family and loved ones. Both NDE and ADE survivors often describe traversing a long tunnel in the direction of an intense light.
Deliberations of life after death appear in early scriptures, archaeological sites and many following works of philosophy and have fascinated (and frightened) Persons, no matter of creed, ethnic group or culture, since time immemorial.
After recovering from surgery in 1979, Jazmyne Cidavia-DeRepentigny of Hull, Georgia, USA, reported a classic NDE account which was ultimately published in the book ‘Beyond The Light’ by P.M.H Atwater in 1994. Like many, Jazmyne recounts details of her surgery that would be very hard to obtain were she lying.
Jazmyne claims that “I was floating over my body. I could see and listen to all which was being said and done. I left the room for a moment after which returned to where my corpse lay. I knew why I died. It was because I couldn’t breathe. There was a tube along my throat and the health staff didn’t have an oxygen mask on my nose. I had also been provided too much anesthetic”.
She went on to explain her efforts to remove the tube from her throat in a rather harrowing account.
Prior to that aforementioned study, it is accepted proven fact that neural activity ceases once the heart stops. This has now been demonstrated as being untrue, at least as far as rats are concerned. It’s also the strongest hypothesis to date concerning the causes of ADEs, OBEs and NDEs.
One of those scientists responsible for these results, Dr. George Mashour of the University of Ann Arbour, Michigan, USA said that the team was “astonished with the high levels of activity” in the rodents. “In fact, at near-death many identified electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded degrees found in the waking state, suggesting that the brain is capable of well-organized electrical activity in the course of the early phase of clinical death.” He said.
The team’s lead scientist, Dr. Jimo Borjigin added that “This report tells us that drop of oxygen or equally oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate human brain activity which is characteristic of mindful processing,”
However, Dr. Martin Coath from the University of Plymouth, United kingdom was slightly critical of the team’s findings.
Dr. Coath said, since the rats were anaesthetized, the findings better demonstrated the unconscious brain’s reaction to the life-threatening deficit of blood flow and oxygen. He also said the study hadn’t essentially showed that any ‘heightened conscious processing’ had actually taken place, suggesting that the wording of that conclusion was “a bit of a stretch”. He commented that, while the results were “genuinely interesting” they were also “hardly surprising”.
The effects of this report will little doubt be of great curiosity to numerous inside the scientific population, also as religious groups, those engrossed in the mystical and individuals who have experienced an ADE or NDE.