My theme for this year's A- Z Blogfest is DEATH (who I hope is like DEATH in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series): "...tall, thin (skeletal, as a matter of fact), and ALWAYS SPEAKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Generally shows up when you're dead, or just when he thinks you ought to be." Today we have N for Near Death Experience.
A Near Death Experience, or NDE, is an experience some people have when they come close to death, such as being in a car accident, drowning, or having a heart attack. One of the interesting things about NDEs is how similar they are for people all over the world. The current thinking is that NDEs are "a hallucinatory state caused by various physiological and psychological factors." But there are plenty of learned people who would disagree, like Eben Alexander who wrote about his experience in the book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife.
If you want to read a really interesting article about NDEs, click on the pic. It will take you to a piece in the Atlantic I found fascinating, though too long to include here. I'd love to hear what you think if you get a chance to read it or, just tell me what your thoughts are on Near Death Experiences. Do you think it's just the braining lulling you into a false sense of security before it, well, dies? Or can the consciousness exist separate from the body?
Excerpt from Reaper Man, by Terry Pratchett, in which DEATH is let go...
Albert [DEATH's servant]: Ah. What you mean is, you want to be alone.
DEATH: I AM ALWAYS ALONE. BUT JUST NOW I WANT TO BE ALONE BY MYSELF.