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Date Posted: 06:25
Author: Eponymous - 20 Jan 2002
Subject: Re: No Brain = No Mind
In reply to: ketch - 20 Jan 2002 's message, "Re: No Brain = No Mind" on 06:24

NDEs make an interesting topic, but it is speculative as to just what is going on in the brain during the experience. (For obvious reasons, no one has yet examined a "dying" brain under fMRI or CAT scans.) In any case, I doubt you could find one neuroscientist who would say that an oxygen-starved brain is completely inactive. (For an interesting medical discussion of NED, see http://leda.lycaeum.org/Documents/The_Ketamine_Model_of_the_Near_Death_Experience.9264.shtml.)

NED and headless chickens aside, my argument stands: We can induce complete non-awareness by application of certain classes of anesthetic. If individual consciousness or "mind" were independent of matter, this would not be so.

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