You and your family are on holiday, driving round a mountainous part of Greece, when suddenly a tire bursts. You roll over and over down some 100 metres before a large olive tree blocks your fall. Amazingly, you all emerge from the battered heap. Some days later, at work, you recount the tale, struggling to capture for your colleagues one of the odder aspects of the experience. It was, you say, a bit like a dream – or maybe a slow-motion movie, it was like being outside yourself, unreal…
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… most psychologists think abductions are lucid dreams or hallucinations, triggered by an awareness of other people’s similar experiences.
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Although most of us haven’t had the exhilarating and life-affirming experience of nearly dying, a lucky few have returned from being “living challenged” to report their near-death experiences (NDE). An intriguing study (AWAreness during REsuscitation, or AWARE) to test this phenomenon is taking place at a number of medical centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada (and, if you buy into the Drake Equation, on other planets in the universe as well). One of the most amazing characteristics of the AWARE study is its catchy acronym from such a clumsy phrase. If nothing else, at the end of the day, these researchers should get an honorable mention for creativity from the Journal of Near-Death Acronyms (JNDA).
The main purpose of this research is to discover if there is any truth to the concept of an NDE.
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