Massive Study to Investigate Near-Death Experiences
Cardiac arrest patients will lend invaluable insight into near-death experiences in a large study that will span across 25 hospitals and include 1,500 survivors within the US and UK. Many individuals report seeing a white light or tunnel or having an out of body experience after they are resuscitated from cardiac arrest, and this is the first time this mysterious occurrence will be tested scientifically on such a large and reliable scale.
To test this, the researchers have set up special shelving in resuscitation areas. The shelves hold pictures - but they're visible only from the ceiling.
Dr Sam Parnia, who is heading the study, said: "If you can demonstrate that consciousness continues after the brain switches off, it allows for the possibility that the consciousness is a separate entity."
If researchers can provide evidence that consciousness is distinct from the body, there could be major implications within both scientific and religious schools of thought.