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THE FORUM DAY 1
1) The forum opened with a presentation from Dr Pim van Lommel called Non-local Consciousness: An Explanatory Model for The Near-Death Experience
The presentation discussed how the current scientific understanding of consciousness is too limited and how NDE research is leading to the conclusion that consciousness may survive after physical death.
2) The second presentation was given by myself Research on Near-Death Experiences (NDE): The Findings and a Case from an Intensive Care Prospective Study
I described the research that I undertook in the intensive care unit where I worked as a nurse. I presented some of the cases I came across along with the fascinating case of Patient 10 where I was present while he had his NDE during a time when he was deeply unconscious.
3) This was an extremely important part of the conference where neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander iii described his NDE to the audience and was interviewed by Steve Paulson. What makes this NDE so interesting is that Dr Alexander is a neurosurgeon who has a wide knowledge of brain function and many years experience of treating neurosurgical patients. Since his NDE his worldview has been drastically changed and whereas previously he would have explained these experiences away as being due to drugs given etc, he now has a very different understanding of them.
Interestingly, despite our medical and nursing backgrounds we all agreed that our current science is too limited to explain consciousness. As a result of the research that Dr van Lommel has conducted and that undertaken by myself we both believe that consciousness is not located or created by the brain. Dr Alexander has similar conclusions due to his direct experience of undergoing a profound NDE.
4) The afternoon session began with a presentation by Dr Raymond Moody Shared Death Experiences: An Analysis of Characteristics and Implications. He described shared death experiences where people who are sitting at the bedside or are closely connected to the dying person may embrak on part of their transition into death. There was also an interesting discussion on changing our philosophical concepts of death which would lead to a greater understanding.
5) The final presentation of the day was by Dr Eric Weiss A New Philosophy of Physics, NDEs and Life After Death. Dr Weiss’ deep thinking and study of such luminaries as Sri Aurobindo and Alfred North Whitehead have influenced his new understanding of consciousness which is in accord with post-modern physics and in which he believes that NDEs and life after death become explicable.
6) A panel discussion with all of the presenters was moderated by Steve Paulson and he and audience members were able to ask questions leading on from the days presentations.
Everyone relaxed at dinner where the presenters each hosted tables so that audience members could have bigger discussions regarding their work.
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