I am often asked if I truly believe I had a near death experience (NDE) near Cambridge, Ontario in 1998. I can only reply that it was as real as the fact that I am currently sitting typing on my computer today here in Hamilton.
Now there appears to be a logical explanation from two prominent scientists that these types of experiences are indeed very real. In a documentary entitled Through the Wormhole on the Science Channel, Dr. Stuart Hameroff said an NDE occurs after a person’s soul leaves the body’s nervous system and goes off into the universe.
Dr. Hameroff is professor emeritus with the Department of Anesthesiology and Psychology at the University of Arizona, director of the university’s Centre of Consciousness Studies and a quantum physics expert. He explained that, “consciousness is a program for a quantum computer in the brain that also survives outside of the body after death.
This groundbreaking theory holds that consciousness is a “fundamental structure of the universe,” in fact residing in all living things.
British physicist Sir Roger Penrose shares this “quasi-religious theory” of consciousness.
They believe from their studies that a person’s soul is “contained inside structures called microtubules” that reside within the brain cells. They say a human’s perception of consciousness results from “quantum gravity” acting on those microtubules. They have called this theory “orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR).”
This concept is similar to Buddhist and Hindu beliefs in which consciousness is actually “an integral part of the universe – and indeed, that it is really all there may be.” According to Dr. Hameroff, these microtubules “lose their quantum state” at death or during a near death experience. However, the information they hold survives.
‘The quantum information within the microtubules is not destroyed, it can’t be destroyed, it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large,” he said. If a patient survives an NDE, “this quantum information can go back into the microtubules and the patient says ‘I had a near death experience.’ If they’re not revived and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely as a soul.”
By now most folks interested in this topic have heard about neurosurgeon Eben Alexander III who had an NDE while in a coma for five days caused by bacterial meningitis in 2008. This man is proof that even the hardest skeptic can have a complete turnaround in personal views once an NDE occurs. Like everything else, experience is the best teacher.
Source: Daily Mail Article
International Association for Near Death Studies