Dr Pim Van Lommel’s article ‘Non-local Consciousness’ has just been published in the latest issue of The Journal of Consciousness Studies.
Drawing predominantly on NDE research, he argues that there is now mounting evidence from prospective NDE studies that show that they can’t be explained by the current belief that consciousness is produced by the brain.
He also considers neuroplasticity and how the placebo effect, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy clearly demonstrate how the mind can actually change the brain. An important point he makes is:
…it would be incorrect to claim that consciousness can only be a product of brain function: how could a product, or even an ‘illusion’, be able to change our brain?
It is a most interesting article that I believe most researchers in the field of near-death studies and consciousness research would agree with. I’m sure the article will evoke fierce debate.
The full reference is: Van Lommel, P. (2013) Non-local Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 20, No. 1-2, pp. 7 – 48.