The Shared Death Experience (SDE) is a profound experience where a loved one, caregiver or bystander shares in a dying person’s initial transition from this world into the afterlife. NDE and SDE expert Dr. Raymond Moody joined George Knapp in the first half to discuss how an SDE is a transformative experience that can have far-reaching, positive implications for the survivor. Moody described his conventional upbringing and education, where to his surprise, he first read about NDEs in classical Greek literature. After hearing from some of his professors who had experienced their own NDEs as well as accounts from many patients while he was in medical school, Moody began to think that it wasn’t simply due to "oxygen deprivation to the brain" as some skeptics have argued. He added that more doctors are now willing to come forward with these stories.
While many think of a near-death experience as a personal event, Moody says that he has countless examples of NDEs shared by loved ones and even attending medical personnel. Moody said that these Shared Death Experiences are just as vivid for the witness as for the person who is dying. Moody recalled the case of one physician who was resuscitating a patient and "memories of this man’s life just sprang up around him." And like the person who is dying, the shared experience includes feeling the perspective of all the people in a person’s life who they have affected, both positively and negatively. He says that witnesses have also seen rooms seemingly light up at the moment of death, or a dying person’s soul apparently leaving their bodies.
There's a world where participants in psychology experiments respond to pictures they haven’t seen yet, where physicists influence the past behavior of a light beam by measuring its photons now, and where dreamers and writers literally remember their future - A phenomenon known as "retrocausality." In the second half, science writer with a PhD in anthropology, Eric Wargo discussed the principles that allow the future to affect the present, and the present to affect the past. After witnessing UFOs in 2009, Wargo began reading up on the subject and soon found himself learning more about the field of parapsychology. While reading about precognitive experiences, he noticed that he began to have precognitive dreams. As he started to realize that mainstream science could not account for what he was learning and experiencing, Wargo said he realized that "you can’t keep ignoring anomalies."
Wargo pointed out that time and causality are not locked into a direct relationship, and that "you can’t change a previously existing past, but you can shape the past," meaning that events can be shaped for better or worse by how we think and act upon them. We cannot prevent things from happening, but we can be guided around the worst parts of upheavals in our lives. Wargo said that this process occurs at a subconscious level. He listed many procognitive events throughout history, such as premonitions of the Titanic disaster and 9/11, many of which were documented well beforehand. In this vein, Wargo pointed out that many artists and writers seem to have highly developed precognitive talents, such as famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick, who may have had a vision of his own death.