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Death Researcher Challenging Science on Resurrection and the Soul

Resuscitation expert Dr. Sam Parnia has shown that, with proper treatment, people can be returned to live even hours after they have died. By cooling the blood and brain after death, brain damage can be prevented while organs such as the heart have more time to be repaired or heal. Instead of being declared dead after 20 minutes without blood circulation as is common in medical practice today, patients can be resuscitated even after hours have passed. But what happens to the patient when he is dead, and absolutely all neurological activity has ceased? 

It appears that consciousness does not end, as many other observers have discovered. However, most cases of near-death experience have involved the individual being 'brain dead' for only a matter of minutes. It turns out that patients revived even after hours of death will often still have memories of what happened around them while they were dead. To Dr. Parnia, this means that consciousness and the formation of memory are apparently not 'neuron dependent.' At present, a finding like this leaves science at a loss. Where might consciousness and memory be, if not in the brain?

Most scientists reject the idea that consciousness and memory can exist outside of the brain, and Dr. Parnia iis among the first to provide suggestive evidence that this is not the case. In Whitley Strieber's 1998 book the Key, the anonymous Master of the Key with whom he had the conversation recorded in the book said, "the science of the soul is just another science. There is no supernatural, only physics. But the physics and electronics involved in communicating with intelligent energy is very subtle. Nothing, however, that you are not capable of now."

It would seem possible that, like so many other of this enigmatic man's predictions, this one is moving toward being fulfilled.

Read more about Dr. Parnia's research here.

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The image is of Dr. Sam Parnia.

After reading The Key it is my contention that no, the consciousness is not neuron related. It exists in a quantum superposition outside (ethereally speaking) the brain.

Rational, Newtownian, and Cartesian thinking have helped in a lot of ways, but are ultimately limited. I argued about Descartes in the past. To me, the only way he or others make consciousness a product of humans or the brain is with circular logic, i.e. the human brain is the only thing that produces consciousness, therefore consciousness requires a human brain.

If consciousness is defined as the ability to perceive and respond to changes in the environment, then everything is conscious. Perhaps it can be narrowed to include intelligence, whatever that is, or choice, but that raises more questions and still doesn't make humans or the brain unique.

Of course if consciousness is all around, then that raises questions about individuality and choice, as well. At least it doesn't require circular reasoning.

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