Blog every day in August: You need to read this…

This month I am taking part in Yummy Mummy in Training’s ‘Blog every day in August’ challenge. Read all my posts to date here.

Day 20 is ‘you need to read this…’.

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Recently, as part of my post 37 things to love about life, now I’m 37, I wrote about my love of all things spooky and mysterious.

So upon realising that today’s post involves me choosing something worth reading, I immediately thought of a recent article I read on a piece of research which discovered that near death experiences are due to a surge of electrical activity in the dying brain.

The article itself ignited my interest – firstly in that the researchers involved found that the brain is briefly active after clinical death (the time of the near death experience), and secondly by the fact that these individuals’ experiences were being taken seriously, that such research had been carried out at all.

The next morning after I read this, Radio 4′s Thought for the day (August 14th) with Akhandadhi Das – a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian – covered this topic, and I was gripped by what he had to say.

He saw the research as an example of how scientific findings can be viewed in two very different ways. From a scientific, purely rational, ‘everything’s black and white and if we can’t touch it, it’s not there’ point of view, the electrical activity in the ‘clinically dead’ brain – the part thought to be responsible for conscious thought – is viewed as a possible explanation for the near death experience.

Yet, “say we suppose that in the body, there is a soul”, Das says. We would expect there to be “a short period of conscious trauma” going on just as the spirit leaves the body, surely? If it does happen, surely it would be a significant event for both body and spirit? The research also serves as a piece of potential ‘evidence’ for the theological world.

What do you think?…*cue spooky music*…

Read day 21 here.

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