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The Science of NDEs

In the first half, Dave Schrader (email) welcomes veteran police detective, Robert Snow, who during a hypnotic regression, experienced a vivid awareness of being alive in three separate historical scenes. Remaining skeptical, he began to investigate with the intention of disproving reincarnation. However, what he discovered was the opposite-- solid evidence that he lived a former life as Carroll Beckwith, a 19th-century American artist. Followed in the second half, by former President of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research, Tricia Robertson, who'll share stories from her extensive casebook that deal with a wide range of phenomena that provide evidence for survival after death.

6-10pm PT, Art Bell: Somewhere in Time returns to 6/20/96 when Luba Brezhnev, niece of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, revealed how she was hounded by the KGB.

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The Science of NDEs

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Date: Wednesday - June 2, 2004
Host: George Noory
Guests: Dr. Melvin Morse

Pediatrician and neuroscientist, Dr. Melvin Morse, shared his insights from years of working with both adults and children who have had near-death experiences (NDEs). These experiences are not hallucinations and exist in real time, he said, citing the research that James Whinnery did with fighter pilots who reported spontaneous NDEs when subjected to extreme gravitational forces. Further, Morse contends that 20% of the brain (the right temporal lobe)is dedicated to processing "non-local" phenomena such as NDEs, and this offers a neurological explanation of "seeing God."

Children who have NDEs have less "cultural overlay," and tend to recount their experience without using religious terminology. "I saw the sun and it had a happy face for me," Morse quoted one 3-year-old's description of his near-death experience. The common denominator in almost all NDEs was being "bathed in an energetic pattern of love," which leads Morse to conclude that we have nothing to fear from death. In fact, he advocates for the curtailing of extraordinary medical procedures to postpone death in the case of terminally ill patients.

"Death shouldn't be a taboo topic," Morse continued. He believes that the science that is emerging from the study of NDEs may have an impact on religion. Interestingly, he noted that some people who have had NDEs have problems with watches and credit card magnetic stripes, suggesting that changes occurred in the bioelectric field around their bodies.

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