Are Near Death Experiences Paranormal?
Are near death experiences paranormal? Pat and Rebecca explore the phenomena of near-death experiences (NDE). After exploring the history of incidents as well as what forms they take, we debate whether NDEs can be explained by science or if they are glimpses into the great beyond.
Questions Explored in this Episode
What is a near death experience? How common are NDEs? How long have they been reported? Have there been any scientific studies of the NDE phenomena? What does science say about NDE? What do psychologists say? Are there different types of near-death experiences? Are any of the NDE experiences more paranormal than others? Do NDEs show people a glimpse of what will happen when they die?
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History of the Near-Death Experience
Pat explores the history of NDE and shares the common defining features of these experiences. He gives #PatFacts about what science and history has said about NDE.
The Debate on NDE
Rebecca and Pat debate if NDEs are paranormal. They look at several examples from a doctor who had a near-death experience to a woman who found something she shouldn’t have been able to see.
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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Frontiers in Psychology: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01424/full
Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-near-death-experiences-reveal-about-the-brain/
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-darkness/202007/david-ditchfields-remarkable-near-death-experience
Global News https://globalnews.ca/news/6511832/near-death-experience-london-man-shares-what-its-like-to-die-and-then-come-back/
Missouri Medicine: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6173534/
Mind Body Green: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-i-learned-about-heaven-from-a-near-death-experience
Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann
“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo