Sunday, March 10, 2013

Science & Religion 'Openly' Discussing and Sharing Information about Near Death Experiences

I recently read a book called "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" by Dr. Eben Alexander.  I normally don't go looking for books on Near Death Experiences (NDE), but the book was recommended to me by my wife – so I read it. It turned out to be very interesting and moving observations from a skeptical physician committed to medical science and the scientific approach.

Along a similar vein, my brother had a massive stroke last year, and during the process of reading up on what happens when someone has a stroke I ran across a video presentation on YouTube entitled "How It Feels to Have a Stroke"  by Dr. Jill Taylor, a neuroanatomist. Her tale about what she experienced was very similar to what Dr. Alexander experienced.

These two individuals and many others who have had a Near Death Experience (NDE) have increasingly been sharing their stories over the past couple of decades. The study of what happens when one is clinically dead has gained credibility as the number of people sharing their stories have continue to accumulate. The subject is no longer being simply ignored or dismissed as the ravings of delusional people.

When people start to collaborate and 'openly' share their stories, it's amazing what starts to happen. Today you can find organizations like the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS), the Horizon Research Foundation, and many others devoted to serious study of the topic – where science and religion intersect and seem to support each other.   

You might want to check this out for yourslf! Share any constructive thoughts you might have on the subject with us.

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