Friday, October 20, 2017

Consciousness does not need an active brain

Claudia Tanner (Mailonline); Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Ellen Page stars in Flatliners, consciousness without a functioning brain (

When you die you KNOW you're dead: Scientists discover the mind still works after the body shows no sign of life and reveal people have heard their own death announced by medics.
  • Consciousness continues to work after the body has died, study finds.
  • Someone has died may even hear their own death being announced by medics.
  • Researchers say people's recollections have been verified by medical staff.
  • Time of death is called when heart stops beating, cutting off blood to brain.
  • Cerebral cortex flat lines, and within 2-20 seconds no brainwaves are detected [yet conscious awareness continues].
  • This sparks the death of brain cells, but this can take hours.
  • These findings echo plot line of new Hollywood re-make of cult horror Flatliners.
You're a killer police, right, sir? So I'm a Dead. - What are you talking about, honey? Ha ha.
Our favorite Hindu, Hollywood's Julia Roberts
Some report having seen light at the end of a tunnel [which can be explained as a natural process of dying reported in induced near death experiences (NDEs) in astronaut training labs], while others claim to have floated [astral projection] above their body, watching as medics save their lives. But the reality of near-death experiences has always been debated.
The original Flatliners (1999) with Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts
Now scientists have discovered that a person's consciousness continues to work after the body has stopped showing signs of life -- meaning they have awareness of their own death.
  • [Editorial comment: This does not mean they have awareness of their death because they are not "dead" as they continue to be aware with some refusing they could therefore be "dead." The death of the body does not mean death. It means the passing of one personality, while samsara, the process of rebirth, continues incessantly. Something -- that life, identity, or sense of stable personality that was clung to -- is lost, but the impersonal process of life carries on.]
El Dia de Los Muertos, "The Day of the Dead," honors those passed. They're still somewhere.
And there is evidence to suggest someone who has died may even hear their own death being announced by medics.
  • [Yet not believing that announcement because they are very clearly in some sense still living (as in the "living-dead"). The death process continues and one goes on to be reborn. If something frustrates the process, one may very well become a "disembodied ghost," that is a gandhabba or subtle-body being who has lost the physical body it had become accustomed to. That subtle body is not the "soul," as many of us have been taught by religion, but a temporary expression that was already present before the death of the body; right now many types of "bodies," sheaths within sheaths, are present and can be projected or manifested with training. These are as impersonal as the physical body but are clung to as "self."]
The "ghost" looks just like the human it was.
The findings echo the plot line of the new Hollywood re-make of 90s cult horror Flatliners, starring Ellen Page.
In the film a group of young doctors embark on a [thrilling and] dangerous experiment of taking turns chemically inducing their heartbeat to stop and "flat line" to find out exactly what happens [when we die and] in the afterlife [then they are resuscitated before they actually die, so they get a glimpse, which changes them terribly, and they inadvertently bring back inimical spirits that haunt them on this side, making for a so-so movie]. More

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