Medically, we die once our heart stops beating and there is no more blood supply to the brain. Supposedly, that’s it. There should be no more consciousness after that. But studies reveal that there may be more to it than that.
The brain may be alive after death up to 10 minutes, as revealed by researchers from the University of Western Ontario early this year. In one patient, they observed that brain waves like those we experience in our sleep continued to occur for 10 minutes after they had turned off that person’s life support.
Another research team from New York University Langone School of Medicine set out to find out what happens when people die. The researchers studied over two thousand cases of patients who had been through cardiac arrest, were pronounced dead and then revived.
Around half of the patients recalled seeing events and hearing conversations that happened after they ‘died.’ Their accounts were verified by people who were present during the time of their “deaths.”
Could it be that we are conscious long enough for us to know we’re dead?
The study of consciousness is still a relatively new field of study. We’re sure we shall be hearing more from these scientists as they continue researching.
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