How Do Human Brains Function? - Sam Parnia

Video from Closer to Truth

"What is it about human brains that enable both the regulation of bodily activities and the generation of mental thoughts? What are the mechanisms of human brain function? How do they integrate to give the sense of mental unity? What happens when something in the brain goes wrong—abnormalities, injury, disease? What is the future of brain science?

Sam Parnia is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Closer to Truth, hosted by Robert Lawrence Kuhn and directed by Peter Getzels, presents the world’s greatest thinkers exploring humanity’s deepest questions. Discover fundamental issues of existence. Engage new and diverse ways of thinking. Appreciate intense debates. Share your own opinions. Seek your own answers." from video introduction.

The Sam Parnia AWARE Study & The Near-Death Experience

Years of dedicated work by Dr. Sam Parnia and his colleagues have finally resulted in the publication of the AWARE study (AWAreness during REsuscitation) of the nature of consciousness during cardiac arrest and resuscitation. It was published at the end of 2014 in the international medical journal “Resuscitation”, with the journal reference: Parnia, S, et al, (2014), AWARE—AWAreness during REsuscitation—A prospective study. Resuscitation, 85: 1799-1805. Interested readers can download the article by clicking on the link HERE. The title page of the article reveals much about the nature of this study.

Index of sections of website

This turned out to be a rather more extensive website than originally planned, so here is an index of links to sections of this website.

  • A landmark study

  • NDE's during cardiac arrest

  • AWARE Study statistics

  • Discovery and time to arrival of the ambulance

  • Meaning of the results of the AWARE study

  • Causes of consciousness and NDE's during cardiac arrest & resuscitation

  • A substandard discussion & misunderstanding of statistics

  • The "Pryamid of Death"

  • Concluding Remaks

A landmark study

The title, the numbers of participating institutions and physicians, the methodology, as well as the analysis, reveal this to be a landmark study requiring enormous persistence and effort on the part of Sam Parnia. This wonderful study is a credit to Sam Parnia, his co-workers, and the participating institutions. It finally provides data about the possibility, and nature of consciousness during cardiac arrest and massage in an independent multinational study.." from the article: The Sam Parnia AWARE Study & The Near-Death Experience

Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death by Sam Parnia (Link)


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