The speaker from science plus explains in this video how a brain reacts differently according to the cause of death. This is caused by how the brain chooses to react or is manipulated to react in the case of lack of oxygen. This leads to a "it depends" statement when trying to summarize what happens in our head when we die. From this video and further research examples can be made. For instance, lack of oxygen often leads to a more psychedelic reaction (like seeing heaven) while cardiac arrest victims often speak of having an out of body experience. While not completely solid these and other connections can be made throughout the majority of near death experiences. *** Plus , Science. “What Does It Feel Like To Die?” YouTube, YouTube, 7 July 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3TMz3E0i6o.
As Gideon Lichfield describes in his investigation people in a state of dying tend to envision or feel a similar thing to one another. Tunnels, heaven, hell, and peace are all among the most common experiences among the mass majority of people who have "crossed to the other side". The commonality suggest that to find a contentedness, connected, and peaceful feeling is a natural human reaction. The video also states that many experiences are caused by cause of death, like people lacking oxygen seeing heaven. Thus, meaning as we die our head is in a state of comforting. Trying to ease our thoughts is it's final act through chemical reactions and insane visions so indepth they almost seem miraculous. Opposing the scientific explanation is the fact that there have been documented abnormalities in near death experiences as the speaker says "people who weren't lacking oxygen have described visions of heaven" suggesting there may be an underlying factor that may be outside our reach of understanding. *** TheAtlantic. “What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?” YouTube, YouTube, 19 Mar. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMhuLIRDmIc.
This informative video accounts the experiences of three people as they approached death. One story talks of a man who finds what he calls a waiting area for he dead. The next talks of a an out of body experience while the third tells that they created their own afterlife. All of the stories have a commonality which is the feeling of tranquility and the control they have over their own destination in the afterlife. The feeling of tranquility shows how the body releases endorphins in order to calm the mind while the control leads to the conclusion that we find ourselves submersed in our own imagination in the final moments. As the brain tries desperately to calm down we find the feeling peace and tend to see what we've always thought we would see. Furthering the theory that what we see is merely a hyper realistic hallucination or in other words a dream rather than an actual spiritual encounter with an afterlife. *** world, weird. “3 True NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE STORIES | Incredible NDE STORIES.” YouTube, YouTube, 23 Mar. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwSo9ybKaPA.
In "the meaning of death" it is discussed that death has been a well discussed (yet vague) topic that is defined differently from culture to culture through various ideologies. It is explained that the way a culture sees death inherently affects its people's view on death. Therefore, a persons experience can vary according to their ideology. The moment could be absorbed in dread or bliss; fear or relief. *** Pallis, Christopher A. “Death.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 1 Dec. 2017, www.britannica.com/science/death/The-meaning-of-death.
As the article explains the loss of oxygen and blood flow through our body causes the brain to react and go into a hallucinogenic state as quoted by in the article " "This study tells us that reduction of oxygen or both oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate brain activity that is characteristic of conscious processing," said Borjigin.". This finding contribute as a factor into why many people see what they see when in the process of death. This along with the previous finding of "brain tsunamis" poses an explanation for visions and spiritual experiences that have been reported when dying as simply just hyper realistic dreams brought on by a chemical reaction in the brain. *** Dockrill, Peter. “Here's What Happens to Your Brain When You Die.” ScienceAlert, 25 Dec. 2017, www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-happens-to-brain-when-die-consciousness-death.
This article explains that the brain goes through a sort of power surge when "a wave of electrochemical energy – called a spreading depolarisation (or 'brain tsunami') spreads throughout the cortex and other brain regions". Meaning we briefly have an explosion of brain activity (going out with a bang if you will) that causes the visions that are frequently reported by people that have died and "come back". The surge also partially explains why people have said they know what happens around them for some time after they are confirmed dead as our brain is still conscious and aware. *** Dockrill, Peter. “Death-Bringing 'Brain Tsunamis' Have Been Observed in Humans For The First Time.” Science Alert , 2 Mar. 2018, www.sciencealert.com/death-bringing-brain-tsunamis-observed-in-humans-first-time-spreading-depolarisation.