Sunday, September 24, 2006
More Evidence NDE's are Illusions of the Brain
Brain stimulation creates shadow person
For years we have been studying and discussing near death experiences. I started off as a believer only to find that I could no longer keep making excuses to temper the findings of neuroscience. One of the very common and repeated descriptions of the NDE involves a sensed presence which accompanies a person into the nether-realms. Generally this sensed presence is not seen and is assumed to be an angel or loved one. Often the experiencer will say that she could feel that her loved one was next to her, but could not see her. Michael Persinger did experiments with helmets emitting small electromagnetic fields and found that often people sensed presences. But this was not repeatable in everyone, and some people thought it may be due to the mere expectation of sensing the presence that made it happen. Now it appears we have a smoking gun on the sensed presence phenomenon. Of course, it involves the tempero-parietal area of the brain. Once again, the angels fail us.