University to conduct largest-ever study of how you die

The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is to be launched by the Human Consciousness Project of the University of Southampton – an international collaboration of scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the human brain, consciousness and clinical death.

“Contrary to popular perception,” Dr Parnia explains, “death is not a specific moment. It is a process that begins when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop working and the brain ceases functioning – a medical condition termed cardiac arrest, which from a biological viewpoint is synonymous with clinical death.

During a cardiac arrest, all three criteria of death are present. There then follows a period of time, which may last from a few seconds to an hour or more, in which emergency medical efforts may succeed in restarting the heart and reversing the dying process. What people experience during this period of cardiac arrest provides a unique window of understanding into what we are all likely to experience during the dying process.”

A number of recent scientific studies carried out by independent researchers have demonstrated that 10-20 per cent of people who go through cardiac arrest and clinical death report lucid, well structured thought processes, reasoning, memories and sometimes detailed recall of events during their encounter with death.

Doctors will be studying the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. At the same time, they will record and compare perception vs. reality of so-called out of body experiences. No doubt this will upset several flavors of the mysterious ways and bible-thumping crowd.

2 thoughts on “University to conduct largest-ever study of how you die

  1. K B says:

    By a lucky coincidence, I have done my own research into this area and am pleased to present my findings for the first time here.

    The “final episode,” as I like to call it, I refer to not as cardiac arrest but Citizen’s Arrest. Respondents– those who succeeded in making a u-turn back to life– all reported similar experiences. There was a long tunnel, at the end of which was light (not New Jersey, mercifully). The respondents said that their first thought was of “heaven” although it did not fit their image of heaven. The five people they met in “heaven” were Goober, Floyd the barber, Sheriff Andy Taylor, Aunt Bee, and Gomer. Aunt Bee kept asking them to come to dinner, but Gomer insisted that they had to go back. In the end, all respondents decided that the place was too strange and creepy, and decided to return. It is not known, obviously, how many decided to stay for dinner at Aunt Bee’s, though it could be that all of those who did not return opted to accept the meal.

    While it would be convenient to dismiss the accounts as the product of active minds during perhaps the most unusual time in their lives, it would be difficult to account for all respondents reporting the same basic experience.

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