As if dying wasn’t already terrifying enough, now we have more reason to be a bit unsettled by it. Scientists are now saying that people are aware they are dead because their conscious still works for a short period while their body has already stopped showing signs of life.
According to the Live Science, this claim comes from a Dr. Sam Parnia. Parnia happens to be the director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City. He and his team of researchers have been looking at those who suffered cardiac arrest that ‘died’ and were later revived.
This study is the largest one of its kind and is going to bring about some quite interesting answers I am sure. Some people have even mentioned hearing their time of death declared, isn’t that spooky? With death being defined as the point at which the heart no longer beats and blood flow is cut off from the brain this sort of thing does make a lot of sense.
“Technically, that’s how you get the time of death – it’s all based on the moment when the heart stops. Once that happens, blood no longer circulates to the brain, which means brain function halts almost instantaneously. You lose all your brain stem reflexes – your gag reflex, your pupil reflex, all that is gone.”
“In the same way that a group of researchers might be studying the qualitative nature of the human experience of ‘love’, for instance, we’re trying to understand the exact features that people experience when they go through death because we understand that this is going to reflect the universal experience we’re all going to have when we die.”
Parnia and his group are looking at very large numbers of people across Europe as well as the US in order to understand death as well as he possibly can. He says people who come back from the dead are usually able to describe scenes from after their death they would have no way of ever knowing. He also claims that many people report changing their lives for the better after they are revived.
These people become more engaged with helping others and find a meaning to life like nothing before. What do you think about all of this?
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