“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.” – Dr. Sam Parnia, Director of Critical Care and Resuscitation Research at New York University Langone Medical Center
Abstractly, one is led to speculate over the frequently and strangely forgotten mind of the now deceased. Where is it that the mind finds itself after an encounter with Death? Does it simply return to/ reside in the medium of the “higher mind”– what one could speculatively define as the precedent waveform of differentiated potential? Further, could technical reason view the transducing substance of the mind as simply a receiving/transmitting device; therefore, upon death, experience nothing more than that of a computer’s crashing hard drive? Does consciousness (i.e. innate awareness, intelligence, will, emotion, memory) simply resonate back out into the void of annihilation?
Conversely, could it be that the void– this nothing– does in fact possess a something, that which is the stabilizing space for all intelligent expansion? For example, in the truly microcosmic sense, could this void “potential” be what occupies and/ or organizes (from within) the space that is held between the proton/neutron bunch and the swirling force of the electrons–the atomic “atmosphere”– the dynamic void?
“I don’t mean that people have their eyes open or that their brain’s working after they die. That petrifies people. I’m saying we have a consciousness that makes up who we are—our selves, thoughts, feelings, emotions— and that entity, it seems, does not become annihilated just because we’ve crossed the threshold of death; it appears to keep functioning and not dissipate. How long it lingers, we can’t say.” – Dr. Sam Parnia, Director of C.C.R.R. at New York University Langone Medical Center