Is the Afterlife Real?

Can life after death be proven? If so…..HOW so? Can near death experiences be explained away by science? What about out of body experiences, visions of the deceased, psychic and spiritual experiences, and the whole hodge podge of evidence that seems to suggest that death is NOT the end?

Is it all wishful thinking…..or is there serious science that supports the idea that life is FAR more than what meets the eye?

Here is an interesting article from the Time.Com series on spiritual experiences and afterlife evidence, some of which is very compelling and NOT so easy to dismiss. (especially the work mentioned below by Emily Williams Kelly, and other serious science minded researchers, whose work is NOT new age-y at all, yet seems to point to an expanded view of what it means to be human, and what death may REALLY look like as well.

Check out the full piece at the link following the short excerpt below.

For some scientists, however, purely scientific explanations of heavenly visions do not suffice. Emily Williams Kelly is a psychologist who works at the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies, which treats the study of NDEs as legitimate science. Her résumé is impressive: she has degrees from Duke, the University of Virginia and the University of Edinburgh—not institutions one usually associates with the study of the supernatural or paranormal. Kelly has spent her career researching, as she puts it, “the interface between the brain and the mind.” Practically speaking, she interviews dying people and tries to find patterns among their similarities. Kelly believes the experiences of people who have had near-death visions demonstrate that consciousness exists even after normal brain function ceases. (She would seem to provide some corroboration for Eben Alexander’s claims.) This theory, she argues, could suggest explanations for the afterlife: “If our conscious experience totally depends on the brain, then there can’t be an afterlife—when the brain is gone, the mind is gone. But it’s not that simple. Even when the brain seems to be virtually disabled, people are still having these experiences.”

What is she saying? That upon death, people really go to another realm? And that science can prove it? Kelly shrugs. NDEs “tell us to open our minds and think there may be a great deal more to mind and consciousness—that’s as far as I’m willing to go.”

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