Want to know something about death? Apparently you know exactly when the lights go out on your life. How fun!
Inspired by the very shitty remake of Flatliners, doctors and scientists via LiveScience have news that will make you scared for the inevitable: your brain registers when you die. The lights don’t go off when you’re asleep, apparently, but there seems to be some cognition that you are no more, that final have under the curtain before it drops and you are gone forever. Gulp. Uh. That’s fucked up.
Recent studies have shown that animals experience a surge in brain activity in the minutes after death. And people in the first phase of death may still experience some form of consciousness, Parnia said. Substantial anecdotal evidence reveals that people whose hearts stopped and then restarted were able to describe accurate, verified accounts of what was going on around them, he added.
“They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working; they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them,” he explained. According to Parnia, these recollections were then verified by medical and nursing staff who were present at the time and were stunned to hear that their patients, who were technically dead, could remember all those details.
In some ways, this is not new news. This is a story we’ve heard time and time again.
But, in a scientific silver lining, this suggests that we might think “after we die.” A late stage reflection? Perhaps.
“At the same time, we also study the human mind and consciousness in the context of death, to understand whether consciousness becomes annihilated or whether it continues after you’ve died for some period of time — and how that relates to what’s happening inside the brain in real time,” Parnia said.
Happy Thursday. We all die.