After the number of people who were thought to be dead and rescued later increased, it seems that near-death experiences 'will be examined more seriously.
Increasingly, studies show that neither physical nor mental processes stop immediately with clinical death.
Near-death experiences where people see a tunnel of light or experience the strange sensation of floating above their bodies have long been relegated to the realm of neuroscience.
They think it's time to take the phenomenon seriously, not least because medicine is bringing more people back from the dead than ever before, according to an international team of researchers.
Experts from universities such as New York, King's College London, Harvard, California and Southampton have issued the first consensus statement setting a standard definition for near-death experiences and guidelines for how to study such episodes.
They estimate that millions of people around the world live in a "gray zone" between living and dying.
They experienced a “certain narrative” that included separation from the body, the feeling of traveling to a place that felt like home, and a meaningful examination of their lives.
D., director of critical care and resuscitation research at New York University Grossman School of Medicine. "People approaching death from around the world report unique transcendent experiences, but these accounts are often presented as a trivial detail as strange anecdotes or something triggered by a brain shutdown," said Sam Parnia.
“There has never been a single common definition of what people experience, and the term 'near-death experience' has been used interchangeably to refer to dreams or drug-related hallucinations when something completely different happens.
“We took the experiences of hundreds of people and brought them together so we could extract clusters of experiences and find a common definition.”
The team suggested changing the terminology to 'Remembered Death Experience' – or red – for near-death experiences and to judge whether a claim is true.
Identify six components of experience to qualify
- associated with death
- includes loss of consciousness
- Bringing a sense of love
- A little indescribable
- Bringing a positive transformation,
- It should be free from other coma-related experiences such as dreams and delirium.
The new guidelines aim to distinguish reds from other events, such as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), in which people in a coma report dreams or wake up briefly without realizing it and misidentify the events happening around them.
Dr. Parnia said soon-to-be-published research will show that about 15 percent of people who are ejected from a coma after cardiac arrest have a Recall Death Experience.
Many people remember leaving their body but still being aware of the "self." Some report being able to look in all directions or navigate through space, sometimes being tied to their own bodies by a cable.
Others remember being pulled through a tunnel or reviewing their entire lives, including how their actions affected others.
Researchers argue that such experiences share common, universal themes and are completely different from random dreams, hallucinations, or illusions. People often wake up deeply changed, no longer afraid of death and determined to live a better life.
Dr. Parnia added: “These are life-changing experiences for people, but right now both doctors and patients are too embarrassed to talk about them. One of my patients found that neither her doctor nor her priest wanted to discuss the experience.
“As we learn to bring more people back from the brink of death, the numbers are likely to increase as we learn to have these experiences, and they are so profound to humans that we need to start talking about them and examining them properly.
"Death is so fundamental to everything we do that it's important to take an unbiased and purely scientifically objective view of what it means."
Until the 1960s, discovering death was thought to be impossible when doctors learned that hearts could be restarted. Now, advances in science are not only finding new ways to bring people back from the dead, but also being able to monitor what's going on in the body and brain during clinical death.
Studies are increasingly showing that neither physical nor mental processes stop immediately with clinical death, but can instead continue for hours or longer and provide a window for potentially life-altering altered states of awareness.
In 2019, Yale University used a chemical cocktail to rejuvenate the brains of pigs slaughtered nearly four hours ago.
Source: The Telegraph