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NDEs and Modern Theories of Consciousness
Rich Borutta

The enigma of the NDE presents a perplexing challenge as a genuine human experience. In spite of the fact that every living individual will eventually experience death the NDE has remained classified as either a supernatural or religious experience, or has been classified as not a genuine state of consciousness at all. Current advances in medicine and bio-imaging have given us a clearer picture of how the human brain functions, and this evidence has been used to revise models of how consciousness arises in the brain. The NDE is an extreme state of consciousness approaching the limits of and transcending the normal realm of consciousness considered in these studies. Elements of the NDE may provide validation of some of the processes described by these models as well as identifying some physical basis for the experience. The evolution of human cognitive processes should be enhanced by the inclusion and understanding of NDEs in the category of valid human experiences.

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