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Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

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"All the chief arguments against near-death experiences suggest that these experiences are the results of minimal, transient, or partial malfunctioning of the cortex. My near-death experience, however, took place not while my cortex was malfunctioning, but while it was simply off. This is clear from the severity and duration of my meningitis, and from the global cortical involvement documented by CT scans and neurological examinations. According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent.

It took me months to come to terms with what happened to me. Not just the medical impossibility that I had been conscious during my coma, but—more importantly—the things that happened during that time. Toward the beginning of my adventure, I was in a place of clouds. Big, puffy, pink-white ones that showed up sharply against the deep blue-black sky."

The mind is a powerful thing.

How likely is it that his brain made it all up, like a dream?

It reads like pure fiction. Likeliness: unknown. I have friends with similar experiences, and even listening to them, what they discuss seems impossible.

The image that comes to mind is of the two half circles with the line being drawing between them by Cobb/Leo in inception.

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