For millennia, human beings have wondered what happens when we die. What is the first-person experience of dying and being brought back to life? Technological advances in resuscitation science have now added an intriguing new chapter to the literature of "out of body" or "near death experiences" by eliciting detailed and vivid accounts of those who have approached the threshold of death. However scientists might seek to explain such phenomena, it is no longer tenable to simply dismiss this accumulating body of firsthand experiences. Can these experiences be explained through the lens of biology and neuroscience? What can be learned from the transformative accounts of those who have nearly died? How have their experiences affected their sense of self and identity? Join neurologist Kevin Nelson, psychiatrist Peter Fenwick, and orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal as they share some of these remarkable stories and discuss how they analyze such experiences in light of their own backgrounds and training.
This event is part of the "Rethinking Mortality" series.