May 15, 2007

Near Death Experiences and REM intrusion, again

A while back, I noted an intriguing hypothesis explaining the origin of Near Death Experiences. What was once a subscriber-only article is now available in its entirety.

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allenupl said...

If you are interested in near-death experiences (NDEs), you can read about them on the website of the International Association for Near-Death Studies at In particular, you might want to check under the Research tab for published papers outlining new findings from the most current research, particularly the two articles written by medical researchers Dr. Peter Fenwick and Dr. Pim Van Lommel. In about a month a paper will be posted on that page with a detailed critique of the research cited in the New Scientist article which emphasizes only one type of research that has been done, ignoring an entire field of study that points in different directions.

During the past 30 years, near-death experiences have been the focus of many scientific studies at universities and medical centers throughout the U.S. and around the world. Many medical professionals who have seriously studied the research – and it is extensive – no longer dismiss this phenomenon as hallucinations, intense dreams, or caused by physiological or pharmacological factors. The best analysis of the many physiological theories regarding NDEs is on a DVD that has a presentation by Dr. Bruce Greyson (from the University of Virginia Medical School) titled “T3-Explanatory Models of NDEs.” It can be obtained from the website above by clicking the link on the home page for DVDs from a 2006 conference at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.