1 – On August 24, 2007, a National Public Radio (NPR) program in
To listen to the broadcast, go to the NPR website at
and click just above the title of the show "What Happens When We Die" where it says Listen. We urge you to forward this link to your friends and acquaintances since it represents cutting-edge science in near-death research.
2 – In the August 24, 2007 edition of the well-known scientific journal Science two teams of researchers claim to have created in a laboratory setting some aspects of out-of-body experiences (OBEs). This fascinating research received heavy media attention. Two examples are at:
You might want to keep a few things in mind when reading these articles. Both of these studies used computer based virtual reality technology to create the illusion of perceiving one's own body from another perspective. The investigators created this illusion by tricking the body’s sensory system. As the lead researcher of one of the studies, Dr. Olaf Blanke, a neurologist at the Ecole Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne, stated "I think we've got some aspects of an out-of-body experience, but not the entire thing. We can, in a sense, trick people."
People who actually have had an OBE often claim to have seen their real body, and sometimes observed other people in the vicinity engaged in activities that are independently verified. To these experiencers, these were not illusions but actual events.
A significant percentage of NDEs contain the element of an out-of-body experience. Multiple anecdotal accounts as well as numerous research studies have found that what the NDEr sees and/or hears during the OBE part of an NDE can be accurate, and not an illusion. Many out-of-body experiences, especially those associated with NDEs when the sensory organs and the brain are not functioning, remain medically inexplicable.
For more details on the ongoing research into OBEs:
- The Winter, 2006 edition of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, published by IANDS (Volume 25, Number 2), has an excellent article by Drs. Janice Holden, Jeffrey Long and Jason MacLurg titled "Out-of-Body Experiences: All in the Brain?" This paper deals with research conducted in 2002 that claimed to induce an OBE by electrically stimulating parts of the brain. Click here to obtain a copy of this issue.
- A DVD of Dr. Janice Holden's presentation at the 2006
IANDS conference at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in