Originally posted by twhitehead
When we die does our conciousness at the time of death continue with the soul?
People whom have experienced near death (NDE) would tell you that they left their bodies and viewed the whole thing from above (or found themselves in a tunnel with a bright light at the end).
Science can explain this as the brain switching channel when it realises all natural hope of survival is lost. This "dream" will be the last thing switched off and then you're dead. It cannot explain how come some of those NDE cases have reported details about the scene of the accident that they couldn't possibly have known about since their eyes were closed and hearing is not enough to derive that information (such as the colour of a witness' jacket, or where everyone stood in relation to each other).
What do I believe? I believe that NDE is just the brain switching off conciousness when it serves no purpose anymore, and that those who remember details are hoaxes (perhaps given information by the interviewer). I believe the soul is merely a hap-hazard construct of the brain and when we die we really die.