Into the Light: the Near Death Experience

Heronymus Bosch:  Ascent of the Blessed (detail of panel), c. 1500 , Collection of the Doge’s Palace, Venice (©, public domain)

What happens to a person who has an out of body experiences? People who have had a near death experience often describe floating above the operating table, for example, or moving towards a brilliant light at the end of a tunnel. Yet they return to consciousness after doctors have proclaimed them brain dead. So is there a mind without a brain? Is the brain truly the seat of consciousness? Or could it be that the universe itself is conscious? Is there a rational scientific explanation for this intriguing phenomenon?

Produced by Chris Chambers

Broadcast Februar 23, 2003