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Life after death receives boost from new research study

The world of Science! certainly isn’t turning out as some have hoped

In recent decades, it has become possible to revive people in various stages of death who, at one time, would have died, leaving no testimony. The news from AWARE II won’t please total materialists at all:

The study authors conclude that although studies to date have not been able to absolutely prove the reality or meaning of patients’ experiences and claims of awareness in relation to death, it has been impossible to disclaim them either. They say recalled experience surrounding death now merits further genuine empirical investigation without prejudice.

NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health, “Lucid Dying: Patients Recall Death Experiences During CPR” at Cision PR Newswire (November 6, 2022)

Why not assume that those people were all hallucinating?

Some 25 hospitals in the U.S. and U.K. participated in the study, called AWARE II. Only hospitalized patients were enrolled to standardize the CPR and resuscitation methods used after cardiac arrest, as well as the recordings made of brain activity. Additional testimonies from 126 community survivors of cardiac arrest with self-reported memories were also examined in this study to provide greater understanding of the themes related to the recalled experience of death.

[Sam] Parnia says further research is needed to more precisely define biomarkers of what is considered to be clinical consciousness, the human recalled experience of death, and to monitor the long-term psychological effects of resuscitation after cardiac arrest.

Funding and support for the study was provided by NYU Langone, The John Templeton Foundation, and the Resuscitation Council (UK) and National Institutes for Health Research in the U.K.

NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health, “Lucid Dying: Patients Recall Death Experiences During CPR” at Cision PR Newswire (November 6, 2022)

There’s a lot of evidence.

Sam Parnia is a long-time researcher into life after death. Either he is onto something or he isn’t. But these days, we can’t just take materialism as a marker of some kind of truth.

At National Review, Wesley J. Smith comments:

Perhaps these findings should be deemed circumstantial evidence of something beyond this existence, which moves us out of the scientific realm and into the theological. And — since those reporting on the experience claim to have engaged in an extensive life review — perhaps we should also consider the study as demonstrating that what we do and how we act in the here and now will impact our experience of whatever comes next.

Wesley J. Smith, “Does a New Scientific Study Offer Evidence of Life after Death?” at National Review(November 7, 2022)

The world of Science! certainly isn’t turning out as some have hoped.

You may also wish to read: Agnostic psychiatrist says near-death experiences are real. For example, he cites cases for Big Think where the clinically dead experiencer encounters a deceased individual who was not known to have died at the time. Bruce Greyson started out trying to explain NDEs away but, as in this series of short vids, ended up bringing a science-based approach to their study.


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Life after death receives boost from new research study