What's After Death? People Who've Clinically Died Explain
There is no direct evidence about what proceeds human consciousness, but there are stories from people who have been pronounced clinically dead.
Of the three great questions — Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? — the third holds us in particular suspense as we contemplate our own mortality. There is no direct evidence about what proceeds human consciousness, but there are stories from people who have been pronounced clinically dead.
"I saw nothingness. Black, long, empty, but I had a feeling like everything was great and nothing was wrong at all. Imagine how preexistence felt, much the same as post existence."
This testimony, and others that follow, come from a new Reddit thread that asks those who have been pronounced clinically dead to share their experience.
"I was getting an angiogram done, wide awake watching the screen and talking to the doctor. Alarms started to go off and everyone became panicked. My world became soft and foggy and everything faded to black. Next thing I remember was opening my eyes and hearing a doctor say, "We got him back." It was really a peaceful feeling more than anything."
At Big Think, our experts have ruminated on death, and the questions of belief that naturally follow. Philosopher Simon Critchley says our unique historical tendency to create rituals around the event of death tells us that we value some ways of dying over others — that there is such a thing as a good death.
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- The core competencies that students need for success—critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and cross-cultural understanding, for example—should be intentionally taught, not left to chance.
- These competencies can be summed up with one word: wisdom. True wisdom is the ability to apply one's knowledge appropriately when faced with novel situations.
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- Today, SpaceX's Crew Dragon launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS. The journey will take about 19 hours.
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