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Archive for November, 2010

What is neuroplasticity and what does it have to do with me?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Did you know that researchers have demonstrated repeatedly how negative information has a greater impact on the brain than positive information? Learn how through humor-based therapies and by leveraging the brain’s ability to change its structure and functioning through experiences and the conscious use of directed thoughts (referred to as neuroplasticity), the impact of negative experiences can be decreased.
Humor, Neuroplasticity and the Power To Change Your Mind

Von Lommel talks out of body – Yale News

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Read about a recent presentation by Dr van Lommel on near death experiences (NDEs) and out of body experiences (OBEs).  Although the incidence of NDEs in the population is important (9 million people in the USA alone, according to Dr Van Lommel), they belong to the realm of subjective experiences and thus cannot be studied by current scientific methods. Patients’ memories during OBEs instead can be objectively verified by nurses, relatives and doctors…. Hence, could these experiences offer a way to indirectly learn more about the nature of consciousness and whether or not it is a separate entity from the brain?

Von Lommel talks out of body, Yale Daily News

The Cool Study

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010


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The COOL study

As you may recall we brought our readers some information regarding this study. Dr Mario Beauregard of the University of Montreal recently told us during a telephone interview that they have completed a preliminary questionnaire survey of patients who have undergone “standstill surgery” – better known as deep hypothermic surgery. During this procedure patients are cooled to a temperature below 20 Celsius which leads to a state in which there is no measurable brain activity, no heart beat or breathing and hence physiologically akin to clinical death. The goal of this study is to determine whether patients can have awareness and conscious processes during this time when the brain has stopped measurable electrical activity. Dr Beauregard explained “It is going well as we had had a number of people report conscious awareness and memories from their period of standstill surgery. This now justifies the need to conduct a prospective study to evaluate the claims that patients have of being aware and able to see things from above during this incredible surgery”

Read more on our site: The Cool Study

We will also bring further updates on this study in January 2011

Comments on Eastwood’s “The Hereafter”

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The new movie directed by Clint Eastwood , “The Hereafter,” is a welcome
exploration of what happens when we die.  Eastwood brings the topic to mainstream movie audiences with just enough scientific facts and open ended questions to allow the general public the ability to have an open-mindedness about the subject of dying and death.

The limited scientific exploration and discussion, however, makes it seem like the study of near death experiences is in it’s very early stages whereas there are large, worldwide studies already in place by several well regarded institutions and professionals. See our Research Zone.  Also, see an article from The Wall Street Journal, Seeking Proof in Near Death Claims.

Gladly, having Eastwood and Hollywood take on the subject of what happens when we die in such a well balanced and “not over the top” manner (the mediumship scenes and after death visions are restrained) will hopefully continue to open our collective consciousness to further explore the reality of human consciousness and death.

There are an abundance of reviews for The Hereafter, here you will find several links to national reviews for “The Hereafter.

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