Sjæl og Videnskab is a Danish production to show doctors as well as people talk about near-death. I happen to think if there would be language in afterlife.

 

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I truly believe there cannot be certainty about afterlife, whether it is, as well as whether it is not. Potential for a definitive answer is not part this earthly mortal matter, where also rocks erode.

 

 

I could not recommend first aid as showed in the movie. Sine, a woman to narrate on her near-death experience, crashed in a car. Sjæl og Videnskab shows a body tossed carelessly out of the vehicle and carried, swinging unconscious on an acquaintance’s shoulder. When the ambulance comes, a blanket is thrown over her face ― on a risen head rest.

 

 

Sine either was very lucky, or she “remembers” at least part the developments wrong. Sine claims she remembers what was going on with her, when she was unconscious.

 

Jeff Long, of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in New Orleans, says he has spent 10 years studying near-death. He has gathered about 1300 accounts of near-death experiences, found elements in common, and . . . he thinks they are not medically explainable. These Wikipedia articles are not a fresh break-through, however.

 

Matters are the same with Mr. Peter Fenwick of King’s College. Mr. Fenwick would insist a cardiac arrest is enough to mark death. His theory is the arrest stops brainstem reflexes, the ceased brainwork could not produce hallucination, and the experience has to be spiritual.

 

It is not a recent discovery that the heart happens to start up again. History of cardiopulmonary resuscitation reaches back to the 18th century. A cardiac arrest may result in cerebral hypoxia, which is not brain death. Nobody has ever recovered from brain death.

 

Mr. Pim van Lommel yet is of the same opinion as Mr. Fenwick, and adds that near-death experiences influence emotions, in which the experience can enrich the personality. Mr. van Lommel emphasizes that hallucination cannot change affect, therefore near-death experiences are spiritual and cannot be illusive.

 

Jacqueline Landau felt “love” for the “light” she saw in her near-death experience. She saw it for the first time in her life then, and described the emotion as so strong that she had to think about her son, to stay with life rather than the “light”. Many persons after near-death report impressions of intense white light. The impressions may be an effect by optic nerves. We can associate emotional lability with pseudobulbar affect.

 

Obviously, intensities also to have been described as “millions of suns” could never have been real. The persons would have lost eyesight.

 

Vicky Brazon reportedly “never saw light”. She was born blind. Telling about her near-death, she does not report intense white light. Her colors are a darker spectrum. Beside colors, she reports shapes she associates with flowers. She says she “was able to see all around her”. Persons with standard vision would report directional visual memories, also of near-death.

 

It is possible she lost eyesight when she was a little child and nobody ever told her that, to spare her feelings of loss. Brain tissue is specialized. The visual cortex is “the neurons for seeing”. Much of the schooling for eyesight-impeded persons is to “make see”, via touch or hearing. As you do not have much geometry in natural landscape and you have architecture, brain cells might learn to ascribe and organize visual values along impressions by other senses. In musical composition, it happens a piece of music is written before it becomes possible to hear it for the first time. Visions of shapes Vicky describes might be associative values by her brain, with doubt regarding one.

 

Vicky says she remembers a ring shining, during the brain surgery. Brain stimulation, so far or as much as I have read about it, has resulted in feature or aspect impressions the persons were capable of associating, but it has not showed fully formed shapes with characteristics, as a shine of a ring.

 

It is not probable any of the doctors or nurses would have had jewelry in an operating room. Jewelry is strictly forbidden, for safety reasons. It is possible that Vicky saw a shine in her early childhood, and the memory returned with the trauma. I know people are also capable of lying, to seek attention. It yet would be injustice to presume a lie, when the person might be honestly telling about an experience he or she cannot explain in terms other than the supernatural. Also, little children look around a lot.

 

Ms. Brazon says she had an impression she heard what the medics in the room thought. Ability to read medical thought would be useful, to medical students as well as translators of medical texts. Obviously, for communication or reads, language remains a must. Probably, Vicky experienced a déjà entendu, as the more known déjà vu. For all senses, human brains process information in a parallel-distributed fashion. If a disturbance occurs, the brain may repeat a process. With a minor physical impact on brain tissue, as we may “see twice”, we may “hear twice”.

 

The brain works on sensory signals in a parallel and distributed manner. Sense organs convert impulses into graded and action potentials to be sent to input consolidating areas in the brain. The code the brain operates during processing differs materially from the input signal with which it corresponds. Integrating inputs, the brain does not translate the processing code back into the stimulus quality, compound brain codes to account for perception.

 

Would such reports affirm that a human being can hear under anesthesia? To hear, we need exteroception.

 

Vicky Brazon says she “saw” her head being shaven for the surgery. Possibly, the trauma brought also dysmnesia.

 

For a human being to have a memory, the brain needs to integrate neural paths. This integration may take on a different course, with a physical trauma. Vicky’s brain might have re-integrated all memories from around the accident her the memory of the cortical predisposition to see: the ring shine and color impressions. Vicky does not say she felt of heard her head being shaven. She says she saw it.

 

Generally it might be good to have brochures to explain potential symptoms of brain hypoxia or other trauma, just as attitudes to the Bonnet syndrome have changed.

 

I absolutely distrust the narrative by Penny Sartori and Karen James, nurses. The patient allegedly regained control over his spastic hand, after near-death. Reports of “self-healing” after near-death would include even cancer remissions. These might relate to hypoxia as stimulant to apoptosis. Oxygen limitation is not friendly to the neural growth that recovery of a spastic hand would need, however.

 

Lying or concealing part the facts, if not doing it for financial reasons, the people might tell they want to give hope to patients or other persons. I have never had even one supernatural experience, and I would not lie. I think, living is worthwhile balanced. Shift of emphasis to afterlife has been part the motivation in suicidal assailants. In history, regimes demeaned earthly living to make people “better operable”, as in WWII battlefields. Ancient Egypt was built on belief in afterlife and … profit from conquest and slave work. Pyramids do not make an intelligent impression. They make a mad impression.

 

Persons who say they got “life’s review” at near-death are certainly lying or remain mentally disorganized. Literally, such a review would take living twice, and it would not be a few minutes or even hours, by whatever metaphor. Christina Stein had not given enough thought to time, in her story of the “meeting in heaven” she purportedly had with her grandparents. She remembers them from the family album, which is visualized in the movie What Happens When You Die. The vision would verge on a promise for eternal arthritis, and maybe a heavenly diaper as well, for adults with a toileting problem.

 

 

Christina’s heaven suits her earthly dreams. She is wearing a long blue gown and treads barefooted on warm grass. Her heaven would be my hell. I like color blue and friendly natural conditions, but there is not a single book in sight.

 

Christina liked her heaven, she says she yet decided to return to Earth. Obviously, it was her heart to start beating again. Stories of a choice are even irritating. They suggest a possibility the persons who do not survive might just “choose the light”. I remember, after I graduated from university, I dreamed about a time before my high school maturity exam. I woke up and looked at my student’s book, the defense written in, with relief. Heaven is a place believed to have requirements. Everybody dies, but not everyone goes to heaven. Christina must have hoped to live a perfect life, to get to heaven again.

 

I also do not like stories of near-death as enlightenment. I do not associate nearness of death with an educational circumstance, the above example with the student’s book to tell about fulfilled expectations that one would not feel like going back on. It remains a fact about human cognition, that when it comes to talking about literally endlessness, even specialists on the cosmos may picture the universe as Swiss cheese ― with a thin, yet rind.

 

Giant Swiss with a rind
Multiverse, watch on YouTube, the “big cheese” begins around 17:14 in the movie.

 

Some persons after near-death would say they “understood everything”. Still, there is no answer to the enduring problem of finiteness in human perception, to a question as “in what would that great cheese be contained”?

 

On the other hand, before we would get to consider rejection of any spirituality, and assume that love and pleasure can kill (endorphins have been named for “sensations of love and pleasure” during near-death experiences), let us mind the “natural morphine” does not provide pleasure. Endorphins only “cut off” pain, limiting somatesthesia, that is, feeling of own body. Disordered, as in a near-death condition, endorphins may induce depersonalization.

 

 

Limitation in oxygen usually results in neural pain signals, and interruption in these signals would bring a percept on a difference between pain and its absence. It is not an impression one could seek to experience pleasure really. Pleasure is not just absence of pain. To me, it is being pain free and active pleasurably to oneself. Absence of pain remains just absence of pain forever, probably with things like the first visit to the dentist.

 

Further, when Mr. Chris French of the University of London emphasizes there is no evidence the mind could go separate from the brain, it is worth adding there was no evidence for atoms in Antiquity. The fact there is no way to watch something does not mean it does not exist.

 

As regards loss of consciousness, which does not prove the soul exists, a tip I got in high school is worth mention. If we lose consciousness yet there would be an aspect of awareness in our condition, we try to press our tongue against our palate or teeth. People happen to choke on own tongues.

 

It is worth thinking we do not have to “contain the big cheese”, to live and progress intellectually, and even if near-death does have anything of another existential dimension, it might be “just another cheese hole”. Certainty of afterlife is not a requirement of the Christian religion, for example. More, Christianity restricts promise, and makes it conditional on the Last Judgment.

 

Bible Hub or Gateway, John 11, there is no promise of eternal life for everybody

 

I am neither a medic nor a cleric. I happen to partake in translation. Feel welcome to my profile.

 

Staying right where I began ― mortal matter cannot provide a principle on immortality ― I would hint we should not envision things without language, just in case. Persons after near-death report verbal communication.

 

Well then, let us be prepared: if there is afterlife, there might be grammar in it. 🙂

 

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