Can science explain paradise?

06 Apr

paradiseSome believe that science will eventually explain everything – including our eternal faith in the existence of heaven, writes Newsweek. Their thesis is simple Paradise – this is not a real place, a process or a supernatural phenomenon. This is something that happens to the human brain at the time of death.

In an article published in 2000 in the journal The Lancet, says that from 9% to 18% of people who were near death, reported similar near-death experiences – a tunnel, light, gate, door, feeling out of the body, meeting with people about which they knew or heard, felt God’s presence – and then when he came back changed.

Andrew Newberg, assistant professor of radiological department of the University of Pennsylvania, believes that the phenomenon of “tunnel” and “light” may be a simple explanation. According to him, when the vision dies, first man ceases to see the peripheral zone. Bright light can be the central point on / off the visual system.

Since the late 1980’s, scientists have theorized that the near-death experience is a kind of protective mechanism. To avoid damage due to injury, the brain produces protective chemicals that also cause hallucinations. This theory has been successful, when scientists discovered that virtually all the attributes of near-death experience – a sense of movement through the tunnel, “out of body experience,” religious awe, visual hallucinations and shaped memories – you can play with a powerful dose of ketamine. In 2000, the psychiatrist Karl Jansen wrote the book “Ketamine: Dreams and reality”, for which interviewed several fans of this drug. One of them, identified himself as the KU, has described one of his drug trials: “I plunged into the golden light. I went up to the light and joined the silent conversation with the Light, which I thought was God. ” Dante put it better, but it evidential remarkably similar to these, says Lisa Miller, author of “age-old appeal of the afterlife.

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