There is nothing paranormal about near-death experiences : how neuroscience can explain seeing bright lights, meeting the dead, or being convinced you are one of them
Dean Mobbs, Caroline Watt
Trends in Cognitive Sciences, In Press, Corrected Proof, doi:10.1016/j.tics.2011.07.010
Short and sweet!
Large scale studies showing the number of people who report near-death experiences (NDEs). The far left bars show that a large proportion (82%) of near-death survivors do not report near-death experiences . The central bars represent a retrospective, or historic, study . Crucially, the far right bars show that around half of the people who reported near-death experiences in this study were not in danger of dying .
underlined by me, refs in the paper 😀
Approximately 3% of Americans declare to have had a near-death experience . These experiences classically involve the feeling that one’s soul has left the body, approaches a bright light and goes to another reality, where love and bliss are all encompassing. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that there is nothing paranormal about these experiences. Instead, near-death experiences are the manifestation of normal brain function gone awry, during a traumatic, and sometimes harmless, event.