Monday, July 19, 2010

Near-Death Experiences and the Nature of the Mind... How Geek.

Here's what I read for fun:
"Near-death experiences seem instead to provide direct evidence for a type of mental functionings that varies 'inversely, rather than directly, with the observable activity of the nervous system' (Myers, 1891d, p. 638).  Such evidence, we believe, fundamentally conflicts with the conventional doctrine that brain processes produce consciousness, and supports the alternative view that brain activity normally serves as a kind of filter, which somehow constrains the material that emerges into waking consciousness.  On this latter view, the 'relaxation' of the filter under certain still poorly understood circumstances may lead to drastic alterations of the normal mind-brain relation and to an associated enhancement or enlargement of consciousness."

-- from Irreducible Mind, Kelly et al