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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:17 PM

Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death

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Fresh Air
NPR
February 21, 2013

Today on NPR's "Fresh Air", Terry Gross interviewed Dr. Sam Parnia M.D., one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death,
the human mind-brain relationship, and near-death experiences.

"What happens when we die? Wouldn't we all like to know?
We can't bring people back from the dead to tell us -- but, in some cases,
we almost can.
Resuscitation medicine is now sometimes capable of reviving people after their heart has stopped beating and their brain has flat-lined.
Dr. Sam Parina, a critical care doctor and director of resuscitation research at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, studies what these people experience
in that period after their heart stops and before they're resuscitated.
This includes visions such as bright lights and out-of-body experiences."

"What we study are not people who are near death," Parina tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "We study people who have objectively died...And therefore what we've understood is that the experience that these people have of going beyond the threshold of death, entering the period after death for the first few tens of minutes
or hours of time, provides us with an indication of what we're all likely to experience when we go through death."

Hear interview..read transcript
http://www.npr.org/2013/02/21/172495667/resuscitation-experiences-and-erasing-death/


Read an excerpt from Dr. Sam Parina's book, "Erasing Death"..The Science That Is Rewriting The Boundaries Between Life And Death
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/172494833/erasing-death-the-science-the-science-that-is-rewriting-the-boundaries-between-life-and-death/

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Reply Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death (Original post)
red dog 1 Feb 2013 OP
MindMover Feb 2013 #1
Warpy Feb 2013 #3
MindMover Feb 2013 #7
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #2
LVdem Feb 2013 #4
red dog 1 Feb 2013 #6
LVdem Feb 2013 #9
red dog 1 Feb 2013 #10
LVdem Feb 2013 #11
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #5
Kablooie Feb 2013 #8

Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:52 PM

1. I for one, do not want to erase death ...

Now understanding what happens after death ... that is a 7 billion dollar question ...

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Response to MindMover (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:30 PM

3. It's a one way trip, whatever it is.

I honestly don't know what will happen, and neither does anyone else. I do know our egos, memories, personalities, likes and dislikes are all functions of our brains and presumably die when it does.

I just remember profound peace as everything became irrelevant, even pain. The real drag is coming back to it all.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:17 AM

7. If energy (electricity) never dies I am thankful you used the word presumably ...

"I do know our egos, memories, personalities, likes and dislikes are all functions of our brains and presumably die when it does."



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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:02 PM

2. Oh, I saw the movie.

Flatliners.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:35 PM

4. Interesting. Thanks for the post.

I'll be listening to this later on.

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Response to LVdem (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:12 PM

6. You're quite welcome...Is that Bob Dylan on your avatar?

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:29 PM

9. Yes. It's Bob...

My wife is a HUGE Dylan fan and good, solid liberal as well. I thought I'd do the Bob avatar for her!!!

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Response to LVdem (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:45 PM

10. I'm a huge Dylan fan too.

Has your wife seen Martin Scorsese's documentary "No Direction Home"??

That film was so well done....All Dylan fans should see it.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:49 AM

11. C'mon... that's an easy one!!!

She's seen everything... documentaries and movies, including Masked and Anonymous, which was actually a lot of fun after you realize Bob can't act.

Because of my wife, I've seen Dylan about 10 times over the years, which I have enjoyed quite a bit. HE always has a rocking band, and he's just a hoot to watch.


BTW, I love Cold Irons Bound and Highlands.. the song that may answer the question: "what's it like to be Bob Dylan."

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:36 PM

5. I was just listening to this.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:59 AM

8. What I want to know is why do we have to wear robes after death?

Seems nudity would be more natural.

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