Near-Death Experience Phenomena Identifying the Neural Correlates of the Mind-Brain Interface

The phenomenology of near-death experiences (NDEs) strongly suggests the existence of a separate, autonomous mind or psyche. In an NDE, the mind appears to exist and operate independent of the physical brain and body. If the mind entity is real, there should be ample evidence of its presence in brain processes during ordinary waking consciousness. Based on evidence from electroencephalography (EEG) recordings, we propose that two neural correlates of the mind-brain interface are evident in (1) the mind’s mental activity reducing brain activity and (2) in subsequent brain activity, which brings the mental activity to consciousness. The mind-entity hypothesis explains not only NDE phenomena but also ordinary phenomena like perception and language comprehension, and a number of the enigmas of consciousness, such as the “hard problem.”