Have Scientists at the University of Southampton have found evidence that human consciousness after death does not leave a person at least a few minutes. Previously, this was considered impossible. Some patients report that after cardiac arrest, they saw bright light: golden flashes of lightning or sunshine.
Death is the depressing but inevitable ending of life. But scientists believe they may be able to find the “light at the end of the tunnel.”
Human Consciousness After Death
In the largest medical study of the near-death experience, it was possible to make a discovery: human consciousness can persist even after the brain ceases to function. This topic was controversial some time ago and caused skepticism among many.
But scientists at the University of Southampton spent four years observing more than 2,000 clinical death survivors in 15 hospitals in the UK, the US, and Australia. And they found that about 40% of the survivors described something like being aware of what was happening at a time when their hearts were not beating.
One person even recalled that he allegedly left his body and watched from the corner of the room as they tried to revive him.
Despite the human consciousness after death and a three-minute clinical death, the 57-year-old social worker from Southampton was able to describe in detail the actions of medical personnel and even the sounds of cars.
Three Minutes After Cardiac Arrest
A former researcher at the University of Southampton, current fellow at State University of New York, Dr. Sam Parnia says the following:
“We know that the brain cannot function when the heart is not beating. But in the mentioned case, it turned out that awareness of what is happening can continue for about three minutes after cardiac arrest, despite the fact that after 20-30 seconds the brain is no longer able to perform its functions.
The man described everything that was happening in the room. But most importantly, he heard the sirens of two cars at intervals of three minutes. Therefore, we were able to record how long human consciousness persists.
What patients says to Human Consciousness After Death?
Of the 2,060 patients, 330 survived cardiac arrest, 140 of them, and this is 39%, said that they experienced a certain awareness during resuscitation.
And although not everyone could remember specific details, certain experiences did take place. Every fifth of the respondents said that at that moment he felt an unusual feeling of peace. Almost a third of patients said that time for them seemed to accelerate or, conversely, slowed down.
Some talked about seeing bright light: golden flashes of lightning or sunshine. Others recalled the feeling of fear, as if they were drowning, someone was dragging them deep under the water. 13% of patients felt that they had left their bodies, about the same – that they took off. “
Dr. Parnia suggests that many more people felt something similar when they were close to death, but the drugs used in the resuscitation process prevented them from remembering it.
“Observations showed that millions of people experienced vivid experiences close to death, but there was no scientific evidence for this. Many people also thought they were hallucinations or illusions, but their plots are so close to reality.
Brain damage as a result of clinical death could also become a factor preventing a person from remembering his near-death experiences. Such experiences need further investigation. “
Dr. David Wilde, a practical psychologist at Nottingham Trent University, is currently collecting information on near-death experiences, trying to find a link between each of the episodes. He hopes that the results of upcoming research will inspire students to tackle such a controversial topic.
“Most of the studies are very retrospective, they were conducted 10-20 years ago. But scientists manage to find more and more examples, so there is a lot of work to be done.
There is strong evidence that near-death experiences do occur after a person dies medically. But we do not yet understand what exactly happens when a person dies. We sincerely hope that this study will help illuminate this topic from a scientific point of view. “
The study was published in the journal Resuscitation. The editor-in-chief of this publication, Dr. Jerry Nolan, says:
Dr. Parnia and his colleagues are to be congratulated on completing a fascinating study that marked the beginning of a further, more detailed study of what happens to us after death.