A medical team accidentally records a person’s brain activity before and after death.
By Carlos Sanchez
It’s a day like any other in the hospital. Doctors are preparing to perform a brain wave test on an 87-year-old man suffering from epileptic seizures after an accident. Little did they know they were about to make an amazing discovery.
During the EEG*, the patient suffered cardiac arrest and died. But the machines, with a cold disinterest in the unexpected, kept running, recording his brain activity.
According to the study published by the medical team in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience: “After cardiac arrest, delta, beta, and alpha waves were reduced, but a higher percentage of gamma waves (…) even after cerebral blood flow had stopped.” “. “Our data provide the first evidence of human brain death in a clinical setting (…) and support that the human brain may have the ability to generate coordinated activities during the death process.”
In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Ajmal Zemmar, neurosurgeon (University of Louisville, USA) and co-author of the study:
“This is the first time in history that the activity of a human brain has been recorded from the state of life to death (…) we have found certain rhythmic patterns in the brain waves that correspond to what is happening in the human brain when we recall memories when we meditate, when we focus our attention or in dreams (…) this happens before and after the heart has stopped”.
From a more subjective point of view, Dr. Ajmal shares his thoughts with us: “It appears that this new phase of death is initiated when the person is on the verge of death (…) this leads to the surprising speculation that we have here the neurophysiological correlate of these near-death experiences (NDE) that are repeated.” be witnessed by people (…) who report that they have had a review of their lives”.
After the study was published, numerous press articles announced the discovery of the scientific basis of NDE. More specifically, the experience of “life flashing before you like a movie” described by people who are clinically dead but have survived. That conclusion may be true, but the debate is whether or not the new medical discovery provides reliable evidence of such experiences.
Surprising is the fact itself, fascinating without needing further proof, that something happens in our brains after we die. We have behavior adapted to the process of death, even without a heartbeat.
At birth, we are equipped with many reflexes that remain active throughout the first year of life: grasping with our hands, sucking with our mouth, stretching our neck and stretching one arm when lying face down (to avoid choking) . , etc. These gestures all have a justification in our survival.
The question that then arises is: What good would Darwinian evolution of a brain mechanism do in the process of death and with a stopped heart? In this state, we can no longer compete with our conspecifics like a savannah lion.
And it is obvious that we will not reproduce, we are not for these games. So why have we programmed activity in our minds with the last remnants of energy even after clinical death? Could it be that evolution plan and life plan are different?
Because mainstream belief is intoxicated to tell us that we come here to compete as equals, to constantly trample other people, to amass power, and that it is our genes that secure the future. An inflated ego, not just in life, but forever and ever. Moreover, we are surrounded by the behavior of animal species willing to justify such a conclusion.
But a program loaded into our genetic code patiently and unhurriedly bids its time just before it dies. As if it were a computer virus. Perhaps it is programmed to facilitate, at the time of death, the perception of the essence of what our life was. Perhaps he wants to help us unveil something that our conscience could only touch in our existence. Perhaps it is the genetic reflection of the phrase, “True wisdom is deep in your conscience, as true love is deep in your heart” (Silo, “The Healing of Suffering,” 1969).
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Translation from Spanish: Ginette Baudelet
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