What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/387946/the-science-of-near-death-experiences/

Mar 17, 2015 |
Video by The Atlantic
What makes a person believe that he visited heaven? Is there a way for science to get at what’s really going on? In the April 2015 issue of the Atlantic, Gideon Lichfield mounts an empirical investigation of near-death experiences, concluding that more rigorous research must be pursued to understand what happens in the minds of “experiencers,” as they call themselves.
One thing is abundantly clear, though. Near-death experiences are pivotal events in people’s lives. “It’s a catalyst for growth on many different levels—psychologically, emotionally, maybe even physiologically,” says Mitch Liester, a psychiatrist.
Authors: Jackie Lay, Gideon Lichfield

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