I did read the entire article, Dave. Here is what caught my eye.<quoted text>
Did you read the whole article?
"Very early one morning four years ago, I awoke with an extremely intense headache. Within hours, my entire cortexthe part of the brain that controls thought and emotion and that in essence makes us humanhad shut down. Doctors at Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia, a hospital where I myself worked as a neurosurgeon, determined that I had somehow contracted a very rare bacterial meningitis that mostly attacks newborns. E. coli bacteria had penetrated my cerebrospinal fluid and were eating my brain.
When I entered the emergency room that morning, my chances of survival in anything beyond a vegetative state were already low. They soon sank to near nonexistent. For seven days I lay in a deep coma, my body unresponsive, my higher-order brain functions totally offline."
"All the chief arguments against near-death experiences suggest that these experiences are the results of minimal, transient, or partial malfunctioning of the cortex. My near-death experience, however, took place not while my cortex was malfunctioning, but while it was simply off. This is clear from the severity and duration of my meningitis, and from the global cortical involvement documented by CT scans and neurological examinations. According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent."
"Ive spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers holdas I myself didto the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us. But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it, and I intend to spend the rest of my life investigating the true nature of consciousness and making the fact that we are more, much more, than our physical brains as clear as I can, both to my fellow scientists and to people at large."
He obviously wasn't as incapable of consciousness as was thought.Then, on the morning of my seventh day in the hospital, as my doctors weighed whether to discontinue treatment, my eyes popped open.
He doesn't attempt to explain how he went from essentially brain dead, with a doctor looking to see if they should discontinue to brain alive, in the blink of an eye. Obviously the machinery and all indications were pointing to his being a vegetable.
Yet, he blinks his eyes, voilà! From brain dead to brain function in a blink?
There is no fact involved above at all - that he experienced what he claims while in a coma.There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mindmy conscious, inner selfwas alive and well.
It could have occurred as he slipped into a coma, as he was exiting the coma, or, a dream later on.
There is no fact involved there, its an assertion, an anecdote.
Minute medical observation? The cortex jumps from an infected and ravaged - completely shut down -(no go)- to - GO!- in the blink of an eye?But as far as I know, no one before me has ever traveled to this dimension (a) while their cortex was completely shut down, and (b) while their body was under minute medical observation, as mine was for the full seven days of my coma.
It's just an anecdotal story, Dave.
That it is a doctor relaying the story adds no weight or special relevance.