Monday, January 19, 2009

Russian Neuroscientist Near Death Experience

You can watch it on youtube in two parts.

Man Actually Returns From the Dead After 3 Days Part 1 of 2

Man Actually Returns From the Dead After 3 Days Part 2 of 2

In part 2 of the video the late Barry Bernstein a Neuroscientist says that Cryptomnesia maybe the explanation for why he remembered his father. The problem with this is he was certified dead for 3 days in a morgue. You need brain activity as it is assumed to have anything stored that could be recalled. He also offered it maybe an hallucination again you need brain activity to create an hallucination. The most probable explanation which to neuroscientists is hard to consider is he really had a glimpse of the afterlife.

1 comment:

Psi_Philosopher said...

Those videos are very interesting.

Hallucination and other materialistic hypotheses are a plausible explanation for several cases of NDEs, but I doubt they're the best explanation to all the cases.

Forcing the brain to do things that it isn't supposed to do, according to our best knowledge of brain science, may be reasonable in some cases, but in others it looks more to be a dimissive strategy to explain the evidence away.

I'm not convinced yet that NDE's provide compelling evidence for the survival hypothesis; but it provides some evidence for it, and that evidence is hard to explain fully in a materialitic way, except if new ad hoc and unverifiable conjetures and assumptions are continually postulated when counterexamples appears.

"3 days in a morgue", if it's true, would hard to explain in conventional neuroscientific ways; in fact, it would be incompatible with our current knowledge of neuroscience, providing evidence in support of the survivalist interpretation.

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