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Offline annie123

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Re: how can out of body experiences be explained by science?
« Reply #25 on: 18/04/2014 22:36:51 »
Just read a book by Michio Kaku - the Future of the Mind (2013) in which his definition of consciousness is:Consciousness is the process of creating a model of the world using multiple feedback loops in various parameters (e.g. in temperature, space, time, and in relation to others) in order to accomplish a goal (e.g.finding mates, food shelter)- the "space-time theory of consciousness".
In the book there is a section on out of body experiences which gives the best explanation of this phenomena that I have come across so far. A Dr. Olaf Blanke of Switzerland purport to have located the precise place in the brain that generates out of body experiences. By stimulating a specific area of the  brain, these experiences can be turned on, and off if the stimulus was removed. This is the temporalparietal area. "This is further explained by evidence that when messages form the eyes and inner ear are disrupted electrically at the boundary of the temporal and parietal lobes the brain gets confused about its location in space. Also temporary loss of blood or oxygen or excess carbon dioxide in the blood can also cause a disruption in the tempo parietal region and induce out of body experiences which may explain the prevalence of these sensations during accidents, emergencies, heart attacks etc."
Re the tunnel effect some experience when approaching death, this may be because the blood flow to the eye is decreasing and peripheral vision is the first to be affected.
This book is worth reading.
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Re: how can out of body experiences be explained by science?
« Reply #26 on: 19/04/2014 09:23:20 »
Thanks for that, Annie - it seems to fit pretty well with what I've read elsewhere. Fighter pilots have regularly reported the tunnel effect (often with bright light) training to withstand high 'g' in the centrifuge, when approaching G-force induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC).
 

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