Near-Death Experience Phenomena Identify the Neural Correlates of the Mind-Brain Interface
Robert Mays, B.Sc., is a retired senior software engineer, and Suzanne Mays, A.A., is a Certified Music Practitioner who provides palliative care to hospitalized patients. They have studied near-death phenomena together for more than 35 years. Their research interests include (1) veridical perceptions during NDEs and apparent interactions between the NDEr and physical reality; (2) neurological evidence of the nonmaterial mind during ordinary consciousness, especially the neural correlates of the mind’s activity in the brain; and (3) experiments demonstrating interactions of the human bioenergy field with physical processes such as photographic film and paper.
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.”
The phenomenology of near-death experiences (NDEs) strongly suggests the existence of a separate, autonomous mind or psyche. In an NDE, the mind exists and operates independent of the physical brain and body, having (1) a sense of separation from the body, with freedom from pain and disabilities; (2) lucid thought processes and hyperreal perceptions with […]