DURHAM, N.C.—How do you prove or disprove near-death experiences (NDEs), which are entirely of a spiritual domain?
While near-death experiencers (NDErs) claim that their experiences of leaving their bodies, going to heaven, and seeing deceased people and heavenly beings, and so on, are real, many scientists insist that these are hallucinations due to critical biological states such as the lack of oxygen in one’s brain. Yet there is another group of scientists who, after over 30 years of research, ended up with evidence supportive of NDErs’ accounts.
In the first part of this series, we discussed shared death experiences, in which someone close to a dying person experiences something similar to NDEs. Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D., told The Epoch Times that shared death experiencers generally see the spirit of the dying person leaving the body, and may see them meeting deceased people, experiencing a life review, going to another realm, and so on.
“All of the features that I identify as the initial near-death experiences that I studied years ago are also present in people who have these experiences at the bedside, who incidentally are not ill or injured,” Moody said during his presentation at the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) conference this year.
“There’s nothing wrong with the oxygen flow to their brains, and yet they have identically the same experiences that I hear from people who did come close to death.”
This, Moody thinks, overturns the conventional scientific hypothesis that NDEs are hallucinations caused by critical states in the brain. However, it still does not provide solid proof that NDErs’ accounts are true.