by Matt Caron
September 25, 2017
"What happens when I
This is easily the most
important question mankind has ever asked.
No matter your faith,
no matter how certain you are, there's always that lingering
question of what happens when the eyes close for good...
Sure, people have claimed
after death (known as NDE, or
near-death experiences); but science hasn't been able to prove
them real or not, regardless of personal testimonies.
Researchers at Southampton University in the United Kingdom
conducted (in 2014) a huge study (AWARE
- AWAreness during REsuscitation - A Prospective Study),
one of the largest ever, to investigate what happens to
consciousness after we die.
So far, they've come to an important conclusion:
they're not really
sure, but something is happening...
Consciousness appears to
linger after the final breath, and may even unravel after a period
of time and go in different directions.
Scientists spent four years examining 2,000 people who had suffered
cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the United States, United
Kingdom, and Australia.
40% of people who survived described a degree of awareness during
the time they were dead and before they were revived.
You might call this a near death experience, but it's
entirely possible that, while their hearts weren't beating, they
also weren't dead.
From the study:
"The evidence thus
far suggests that in the first few minutes after death,
consciousness is not annihilated.
Whether it fades away
afterwards, we do not know, but right after death, consciousness
is not lost. We know the brain can't function when the heart has
"But in this case conscious awareness appears to have continued
for up to three minutes into the period when the heart wasn't
beating, even though the brain typically shuts down within 20-30
seconds after the heart has stopped.
"This is significant, since it has often been assumed that
experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or
illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the
heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience
corresponding with 'real' events when the heart isn't beating.
detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were
consistent with verified events".
What it Means
Obviously, researchers still aren't sure exactly what happens
after death, or why consciousness lingers afterward.
But the interesting
thing is that this study clearly shows that it does.
That's a big deal.
This opens the door to
idea that consciousness 'persists' indefinitely… something
that would rock the foundations of the world forever...