Beginning in the 1970s, a handful of independent researchers and those associated with respected universities and medical institutions around the world began turning their attention towards a phenomenon that was becoming increasingly more prevalent and reported in the general population - that of the “near death experience”.
By conducting thousands of interviews around the world with those reporting NDEs, as well as many of the doctors who were present for them, researchers began to amass a treasure trove of data. Even early on, this data was telling them that NDEs had the very high likelihood of being real. Now, fifty years of research and tens of thousands of cases later their findings appear to have confirmed this.
Because their research rest heavily on this massive body of subjective evidence, it is necessary to understand how probability and chance factor in to their conclusions. This can be measured by what is known as statistical significance. In statistical hypothesis testing, a result has statistical significance when it is very unlikely to have occurred by chance. Sample size and refined outcomes of the data being tested are a key.
The quantity, quality, consistency and corroboration of data collected and the research undertaken over these 50 years has, from a technical standpoint, removed chance from the equation. While statistical significance is not 100% definitive in any calculation, the weight of the evidence, and the conclusions drawn therefrom, are now very difficult to dispute.
Crossover Methodology: A near-death-experience can occur under On this site we focus on NDEs which occurred during cardiac arrest which most resembles actual death. We pay particular attention to those who have also had a verified out-of-body experience - the most definitive proof of an NDE.
important research studies - click to download reports or to visit sites:
Such states include cardiac arrest (clinical death), shock after loss of blood, coma due to traumatic brain injury or intra-cerebral hemorrhage, and drowning.
a number of conditions.
Dr. Pim van Lommel
Nonlocal Consciousness: A concept based on scientific research on near-death experiences during cardiac arrest.; Journal of Consciousness Studies 2013
A new concept about the continuity of our consciousness based on recent scientific research on near-death experience in survivors of cardiac arrest. 2006
Near-death experiences: the experience of the self as real and not as an illusion.; Ann. N.Y. Academy of Sience 2011
“Quantum Physics as Analogy: A Response to “Quantum Misuse in Psychic Literature” ; Journal of Near-Death Studies 2019
Near-death experience in survivors of cardiac arrest: The Lancet 2001
Dr. Bruce Greyson
Case report of Eban Alexander: The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2018
Disease-Consciousness and Cognition 2017
Western Scientific Approaches to Near-Death Experiences: Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Humanities 2015
Epistemological implications: of near-death experiences and other non-ordinary mental expressions: Moving beyond the concept of altered state of consciousness - Medical Hypotheses 2015
Almost 40 Years Investigating Near-Death Experiences An Overview of Mainstream Scientific Journals - The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2014
The Near-Death Experience Scale: Construction, Reliability, and Validity - The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 1983