Scientific Evidence of the Afterlife

Out0of-body manIn 2001, Dr. Pim van Lommel, a cardiologist from the Netherlands, and his team conducted the so-called "Dutch study" of NDEs in cardiac arrest patients. Of 344 patients who were successfully resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest, 62 patients (18%) expressed an intraoperative memory and among these, 41 patients (12%) experienced core NDEs, which included OBEs. According to van Lommel, the patients remembered details of their conditions during their cardiac arrest despite being clinically dead with flatlined brain stem activity. Van Lommel concluded that his findings supported the theory that consciousness continued despite lack of neuronal activity in the brain. Then in 2008, twenty-five UK and US hospitals began participation in a study, coordinated by Sam Parnia and Southampton University known as the "AWARE study" (AWAreness during REsuscitation). The study examined near-death experiences in 1,500 cardiac arrest survivors and determined whether people without a heartbeat or brain activity can have documentable out-of-body experiences. As part of the study Parnia and colleagues investigated out-of-body claims by using hidden targets placed on shelves that could only be seen from above. Although no subjects saw the images mounted out of sight, two out of the 152 patients reported visual experiences and one of them described events that could be verified. On October 6, 2014 the results of the study were published in the journal Resuscitation PDF icon. Among those who reported a perception of awareness and completed further interviews, 46% experienced a broad range of mental recollections in relation to death, 9% had experiences compatible with NDEs and 2% exhibited full awareness compatible with OBEs with explicit recall of "seeing" and "hearing" events. One case was validated and timed using auditory stimuli during cardiac arrest. AWARE II is a two-year multicenter observational study of 900-1500 patients experiencing cardiac arrests is currently being prepared, with the closure date set to May 31, 2017.

Scientific Evidence of the Afterlife Index
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2. NDE Article Directory 7. Scientific Theories of NDEs
3. NDE Experts 8. Skepticism and NDEs
4. NDE Research Conclusions 9. Hallucinations and NDEs
5. NDEs and Quantum Consciousness 10. T. Lee Baumann's NDE and Physics Research
Scientific Evidence Supporting NDEs Index
1. Scientific Evidence Supporting NDEs and Afterlife 8. People can experience someone else's NDE
2. People have NDEs while brain dead 9. People having NDEs are convinced they're real
3. People see verified events while out-of-body 10. Children have similar NDEs as adults
4. People born blind can see during an NDE 11. Common elements are found in NDEs
5. Scientific discoveries come from NDEs 12. NDEs have been known throughout history
6. Some people were dead for several days 13. People are dramatically changed by NDEs
7. Some people receive verified visions of the future    
 
"The sheer volume of evidence for survival after death is so immense that to ignore it is like standing at the foot of Mount Everest and insisting that you cannot see the mountain." - Colin Wilson

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