What happens as we die?

I have been reading about the recent research into how people experience death (see “The New Science of Death” from The Guardian), and this video with some of the highlights just showed up in my YouTube recommendations.

Their findings fit what has been previously reported, including from people who have had near-death experiences. People dying often report deep relaxation, light, a review of their life, a sense of coming home, and a few more things.

THE WORLDVIEW CURRENT SCIENCE OPERATES WITHIN

Our current science operates within a strictly materialistic worldview, so scientists are expected to interpret this as more or less random things that happen in the brain because of the dying process.

That’s understandable and it has some upsides. It’s grounded in verifiable data, which is important, and it’s a good starting point for exploring other possible explanations.

If these experiences are random results of a dying brain, I have to say that some of what people report seems surprisingly fitting and meaningful, including the life review and a sense of coming home.

THE POSSIBILITY OF CONTINUING BEYOND THIS LIFE

The findings from this research can also be understood within the context of other worldviews.

For instance, the consciousness we are may continue beyond this life.

Research into apparent past life memories is interesting and may be interpreted in that way, although other explanations also fit the data.

Some people seem to have memories from between lives. I am one of those. When I was little, I had vivid and visceral flashbacks to a time before this life: All was consciousness and golden light, and there was a profound sense of all-encompassing love and of being home. I had a longing back to that place throughout my childhood. This too fits with consciousness continuing, although it can be interpreted in other ways too.

CHANGING WORLDVIEWS

Does the consciousness we are continue beyond this life? For me, that’s a question for science, and it has mostly been taboo in Western science because it doesn’t fit the accepted worldview.

Worldviews change. The one we have now will be replaced by another that makes more sense to future generations, and may better fit the data.

It may well be with a future context of worldview for science is more open to the possibility of consciousness continuing beyond this life. It may be seen as one of several possible explanations, and perhaps one that fits the data well.


INITIAL DRAFT

WHAT HAPPENS AS WE DIE?

I have been reading about this, and YouTube also showed me this video which is a nice brief summary.

All of it fits what has been reported previously, including from people who have had near-death experiences: Relaxation, light, a review of your life, a sense of coming home.

Current science operates within a strictly materialistic worldview, so scientists are expected – if not indirectly required – to interpret this as more or less random things that happen in the brain because of the dying process.

And yet, most of it is surprisingly meaningful, including the life review and a sense of coming home.

Also, there are people like me who seem to have memories of the time before this life. When I was little, I had surprisingly vivid and visceral flashbacks to a time before this life when all was golden light and there was a profound sense of being home. I had a longing back to that place my whole childhood, and it was often especially strong after I woke up in the morning.

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I appreciate the materialistic lowest-common-denominator interpretation. It’s important and valid, and it’s a good starting point and keeps it sober.

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