(Possible) Details Offered for 'After Death' Experiences

A brand new scientific analysis has recommended that dying rats encounter an abnormal flow of intense brain motion during their final moments of existence. This enlarged brain operation might be in line with (and thusly clarify) Human accounts of near or after death experiences, as reported by lots of people around the world.

Around a fifth of all people who have survived a cardiac arrest have reported having an 'After Death Experience' or ADE. This is quite an alarming statistic, especially as the ADE tends to have a profound effect within the life of that survivor. Having an ADE is seen by many as convincing evidence of an afterlife or even a continuation of the individual's soul after death.

Equally, a 'Near Death Experience' (or NDE) is considered to be comparable to an ADE, but noticeably occurs whilst the patient continues to be technically living. Lots of people who experience NDE's report a floating sensation or 'From Body Experience' (OBE), as well as encounters with angels, late members of the family and loved ones. Both NDE and ADE survivors recurrently portray traversing a long tunnel in direction of an extreme light.

Discussions of life after death appear in early scriptures, archaeological sites and several following works of philosophy and also have fascinated (and frightened) Human beings, no matter of creed, ethnic group or culture, since time immemorial.

After recuperating from a surgical procedure 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 many, Jazmyne recounts details of her surgery that would be very difficult to obtain were she lying.

Jazmyne claims that "I was perched over my body. I could see and listen to everything which was being said and done. I left the area for a minute after which came back to where my corpse lay. I knew why I died. It is because I couldn't breathe. I had a tube along my throat and the health staff did not have an oxygen mask on my nostril. I had also been provided too much general anesthetic".

She went to describe her attempts to remove the tube from her throat from a rather disturbing account.

Prior to the aforementioned study, it is established proven fact that neural activity ceases once the heart stops. This has now been demonstrated as being untrue, at least so far as rats are concerned. It is also the strongest theory to this point regarding 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 "surprised with the high levels of motion" within the rats. "In truth, at near-death lots of identified electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking condition, suggesting that the brain is capable 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 research paper tells us that degradation of oxygen or equally oxygen and glucose throughout cardiac arrest can stimulate human brain activity which is characteristic of mindful processing,"

However, Dr. Martin Coath in the University of Plymouth, United kingdom was somewhat critical of the team's findings.

Dr. Coath said that, because the rats were anaesthetized, the findings better demonstrated the unconscious brain's reaction to a life-threatening lack of blood flow and oxygen. He also said that the study hadn't essentially showed that any 'heightened cognizant processing' had actually taken place, suggesting the wording of the conclusion was "a bit of a stretch". He commented that, while the results were "genuinely interesting" they were as well "hardly astonishing".

The effects of this report will no doubt be of great curiosity to many within the scientific population, as well as religious groups, those fascinated in the mystic and those who have experienced an ADE or NDE.

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