Long the focus of fringe enthusiasts and science fiction movies, the so-called out-of-body experience has reached the level of serious science.
According to a BBC article doctors at 25 hospitals in the UK and the U.S. will study 1,500 survivors to find out if people with no heartbeat or brain activity can have "out of body" experiences."
Dr Sam Parnia who is heading the study, works as an intensive care doctor, and felt from his daily duties that science had not properly explored the issue of near-death experiences.
What do you think? Do you believe in the so-called out-of-body experience? If so, do you think it's related to how the body functions? Or is it something else?
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I tend to believe that when people talk about out of body experiences it is a disturbance in our brain that causes us to believe something we see, think or hear.
When people talk about out of body experiences, it tends to be after a tragedy or some other kind of dramatic experience. At the time, there is limited usage to our brains, just like pain killers such as morphine. Morphine does not take the pain away, it dulls our brain waves to think that there is no pain.
So in essence, I think out of body experiences are in the same class, our brains are dulled from reality and makes our minds wander.September 20, 2008 - 10:28am
I believe in déjà vu, as I've had a few weird experiences like that; but, I'm not convinced about out of body or near death experiences, largely because it's difficult to provide indisputable scientific proof that they occurred.September 18, 2008 - 4:23pm