I want to thank everyone for their comments on my last post. I wish I could answer each one, but still unsure how everything works here.The main concern seems to be consciousness and whether it is local or non-local. Does the brain create consciousness or is consciousness a separate entity. In other word does the soul or spirit really exist.
Now near death experiences almost always begin with an out of body experience which if provable would show that brain and consciousness are indeed separate entities. Since NDEs are personal experiences, nothing wrong with personal experiences, it is almost impossible to apply any kind of science to the subject. However, if it could be determined that consciousness continued after the death or the brain and body then this would show evidence that near death experiences are real spiritual experiences.
Serious research on NDEs began some 40 years ago with researchers like Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and Dr. Raymond Moody. Working in hospitals they became aware of patients that could recall events happening while they were clinically dead or unconscious. In the last 20 years the research has grown to include over a dozen universities, and dozens of researchers. The latest to write books revealing their research on the subject are Dr. Jeffery Long, author of "Evidence of the Afterlife," and Dr, Pim von Lommel,author of "Consciousness Beyond Life." This research has been peer-reviewed and published in Scientific Journals.
The research has gone from 150 subjects to well over a thousand, and the latest study will involve 1000+ hospitals that have agreed to assist in this research by putting signs, pictures, numbers up near the ceilings of their Operating Rooms, to see if coded patients will see them before resuscitation. The study is continuing now so no results are available yet. On a much smaller scale Dr. Charles T. Tart has conducted similar research by placing 5 digit numbers near the ceiling, and using a person known to have out of body experiences on a regular basis. After a few tries the person was able to see and recall the numbers while asleep on a bed below.
Then Robert Monroe who founded the Monroe Institute in West Virginia, is one of those people that had frequent out of body experiences. He wrote several books, and people go to the institute to sleep in isolation chambers in an attempt to have their own out of body experience. The last I heard they were around 70% successful.
I have about 100 links to this research, but will not post them all. I thought I might start with a link to a video by Dr. Bruce Grayson of Virginia University talking about his research before the United Nations.
Now while I am trying to show consciousness is non-local this does not prove the existence of God.