Monday, January 24, 2005

Questioning life after death
Doctor conducts studies on near death experiences
Gabriel Monte - Staff Writer -January 21, 2005

There is more to death than meets the eye.

Consciousness may be more than just a product of brain activity, according to Dr. Jan Holden, a professor in NT's department of Counseling Development and Higher Education. Holden is involved with a study on near death experiences at the University of Virginia, which started last March. The research is actually part of a bigger study funded by Bial, a European pharmaceutical company.

"About a half dozen people a year who go through that procedure report having an out-of-body experience," she said.

"Changes in values and attitudes and the most uniform change that is virtually unanimous among near death experiencers is the complete loss of fear of death. NDEers say that there is no such thing as death of consciousness." she said.

"People who come out of it ... realizing that the separation between people is artificial that, really, we all are connected, that when we do something to another person that we really do it to ourselves," Holden said.