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Posted on September 20, 2008 at 9:40 AM

From Secondhand Smoke, Wesley Smith reports that researchers are attempting to understand near death experiences by studying what happens to heart attack patients after the heart stops or brain waves cease.

What is the big white light? Are reported out of body experiences real? Can we find clues to what happens on our way out? At 9 hospitals in the UK and the US, these researchers are about to find out, says the Telegraph.

One obvious methodological flaw here is that just because something cannot yet be observed and measured doesn’t negate its existence. I’m not holding my breath either, Wesley, but for a different reason. If consciousness exists after death, I’m thinking a more sophisticated method than placing pictures on shelves only visible from the ceiling might be required.

Summer Johnson, PhD

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