NDE 12

Can you see the motorcycle?

It is said that the motorcycle driver was driving so fast he didn’t even have time to respond. As far as we know, the car did not even exist to him. However, was it still there?

With 7B+ people in the world, it is illogical to think that our perception is our reality; if that were true, we would have 7B+ “realities,” which we don’t. There is only one. It did not matter if the driver could see it or not; the car was still there, and that’s reality.

Can you see the motorcycle now?

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If all it takes is a quick walk around to be able to notice certain things, why, then, do we allow our minds to brush off certain things as random without taking a moment to look around? And what is one thing everyone claims to know but very few choose to truly analyze?

NDE 9A quick google search has taken us to NDE.org, where there are approximately 3,700 accounts of people who claimed to have had Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) ranging from the retelling of their own surgery as well as more emotional ones, claiming to have seen their family and loved ones reacting to their body being non-responsive.

Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) where people “see” the afterlife is a much more common occurrence than we think. Studies on this topic have generally found no success in medically explaining reasons why the phenomenon would occur. However, is the motorcycle still there?

A quick explanation may be that all these people are on some kind(s) of drug(s).

NDE 8Maybe.

What if a person is not taking drugs?


Notice how these “Psychological Reactions” only describe what is happening, not why. Also, most of these are said to be “stress-induced.” Usually I don’t observe people hallucinating when they get really stressed…

NDE 6Laying down must be stressful.

In “Spiritual Evolution,” Dr. Blanke is recalled telling Discover Magazine about inducing a patient in an out-of-body experience while awake, “While we were stimulating it, she was awake and not impaired in any sense, and she told us that she saw the world, including us three investigators and herself lying on the bed, from this elevated perspective,” Blanke disregards this as neurological illusion.


However, the book further presents documentation of autoscopic hallucinations of Near Death Experiences (NDEs):

–   Blind and clinically dead people “reported being able to “see” objects in the room.”
–   Patient observing their body from the ceiling and watching surgeons operating on it.

In the National Geographic documentary, Moment of Death, a man:

1. Clinically died during a surgical procedure.
2. His eyes were covered.
3. Was resuscitated
4. Said he was:
–   Looking down from above the surgical table off to the side near the ceiling
–   Saw the surgeons operating on his body
–   Saw his surgeon doing a ‘chicken dance’ in the OR.

“After awakening from surgery, the man asked the surgeon what the ‘chicken dance’ was for. The surgeon had not told the patient that during long surgeries, he would stretch his back and loosen up by folding his arms in (to keep his hands sterile) and twist and turn. The surgeon wanted to know how he knew, since it was impossible for the patient to see the surgeon because his eyes were covered during the surgery.” (Kennedy).


Do you see it now?


NDE 3Additionally, a Harvard Neurosurgeon practicing for over 25 years, Dr. Eben Alexander, had what is called “the most credible Near-Death Experience in history”

Before Dr. Alexander’s near-death experience, he did not believe in an afterlife or a soul. Then, he went into a coma for 7 days due to severe bacterial meningitis. (“FacMedicine.com.”)

During his coma he experienced a vivid journey into what he knew to be the afterlife, visiting both heavenly and not so heavenly realms that can be recounted in his book or the interview with ABC News.

After experiencing a miraculous healing against all odds and waking up from his coma, he went on to write the NY Times #1 bestselling book “Proof of Heaven,” which describes his after-life experience. In this book Dr. Alexander retorts 5 medical theories of his hallucination/recollection:

“1. A primitive brainstem program to ease terminal pain and suffering (“evolutionary argument” – possibly as a remnant of feigned-death strategies from lower mammals?). This did not explain the robust, richly interactive nature of the recollections.”

“2. The distorted recall of memories from deeper parts of the limbic system (for example, the lateral amygdala) that have enough overlying brain to be relatively protected from the meningitic inflammation, which occurs mainly at the brain’s surface. This did not explain the robust, richly interactive nature of the recollections.”

“3. DMT dump. DMT, a naturally occurring serotonin agonist causes vivid hallucinations and a dream-like state. I am personally familiar with drug experiences related to serotonin agonist/antagonists (LSD) from my teen years in the early 70s. I have had no personal experience with DMT but have seen patients under its influence. The rich ultra-reality would still require fairly intact auditory and visual neocortex as target regions in which to generate such a rich audiovisual experience as I had in a coma. Prolonged coma due to bacterial meningitis had badly damaged my neocortex, which is where all of the serotonin from the raphe nuclei in my brainstem (or DMT, a serotonin agonist) would have had effects on visual/auditory experiences. But my cortex was off, and the DMT would have no place in the brain to act.”

“4. A reboot phenomenon – a random dump of bizarre dis-jointed memories due to old memories in the damaged neocortex, which might occur on restarting the cortex into consciousness after a prolonged system-wide failure, as in my diffuse meningitis. Especially given the intricacies of my elaborate recollections, this seems most unlikely.”

“5. Unusual memory generation through an archaic visual pathway through the midbrain, prominently used in birds but only rarely identifiable in humans. It can be demonstrated in humans who are cortically blind, due to occipital cortex. It provided no clue as to the ultra-reality I witnessed and failed to explain the auditory-visual interleaving.



The perceived complexity of Near-Death Experiences enables our minds to very easily shrug them off as random or completely fake. A simple walk-around, however, reveals a very simple answer while leading us to more questions. Isn’t this fun?


Now that you have seen everything in one place, is the motorcycle still there?



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Kennedy, Chad Ph. D. Spiritual Evolution: How Science Redefines Our Existence. S.l.: Authorhouse, 2011. Print.

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Comments (1)

  1. Andrew Tsai


    Alexander’s case would be revolutionary if he’s right. However, there seems to be widespread skepticism. Critics mostly target his premise that his cerebral cortex was non-functional during the NDE. One critic writes, “Everything—absolutely everything—in Alexander’s account rests on repeated assertions that his visions of heaven occurred while his cerebral cortex was “shut down,” “inactivated,” “completely shut down,” “totally offline,” and “stunned to complete inactivity.” The evidence he provides for this claim is not only inadequate—it suggests that he doesn’t know anything about the relevant brain science.” The critic continues this by pointing out Alexander’s nonsensical use of CT scans, a measurement tool that does not measure neuron activity. On the other hand, a quick glance at Alexander’s wikipedia page shows that he’s quite serious about his experience as he “stand[s] by every word in this book and have made its message the purpose of my life.” Curious to see how he will continue to construct his argument.

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