and when You’re NOT, You’re NOT.
With all these bestseller books on Death and Dying (people seem desperate to KNOW)
I find this article a breath of living air: “Death, But Softly” (NPR).
Yet even here, one hears the common theme repeated: “I felt,” “I sensed,” “I imagined”. . .
in other words, a very natural, physical experience in the midst of trauma. . .so we should ask, what’s the brain up to?
When people say they “go” somewhere or “travel” or “journey” somewhere. . .what’s the brain up to?
Krulwich quotes Oliver Sacks who makes some sense here:
Sacks says one explanation for these experiences is religious; the other is neurological: that brains deprived of oxygen can produce end-of-life hallucinations, “since Near Death Experiences are especially associated with cardiac arrests and may also occur in faints, when blood pressure plunges, the face becomes ashen, and the head and brain are drained of blood.” Each explanation explains. You takes yer choice.