During near-death experiences people who are blind, even from birth, report to being able to see during their experience. Just as people who are deaf, even from birth report being able to hear during their experiences. This is one of the most persuasive pieces of evidence that the brain is not the source of consciousness. If near-death experiences were simply a hallucination, as some skeptics have suggested, brought about by some unknown processes going on in a dying brain, then one must wonder why it seems to function better “dying” or while in the process of shutting down than when it’s fully functioning.
If the way we prevent unwanted pregnancy is to take a pill that tricks the body into believing it is already pregnant, then maybe the cure for blindness is to trick the brain into shutting down all of the brain activity necessary for consciousness.
If near-death experiences were simply a hallucination, as some skeptics have suggested, one must wonder why it seems to function better “dying” or while in the process of shutting down than when it’s fully functioning.Umm. Yeah that doesn’t sound like a good idea to me either.
If people who are blind or deaf can see during their near-death experiences, then I would also assume that people who have been born with or have developed intellectual disabilities as the result of abnormalities in the brain or suffering trauma to the brain would also regain full intellectual faculties during a near-death experience.
If consciousness continues after activity in the brain necessary for consciousness stops, then either,
1) it takes a lot less electrical activity to maintain consciousness than we can even detect with our equipment
2) we don’t understand what parts of the brain are required for consciousness or
3) the brain is not the source of consciousness.
If the last is true, then it would be more appropriate to think of the relationship between consciousness and the brain like a driver and an automobile.
The performance of the vehicle will determine the type of experience the driver has operating the car. If the vehicle has bad shocks and struts then the ride will be bumpy. If the vehicle has a bad fuel injector then it will have problems accelerating. The point is, the condition of the vehicle doesn’t say anything to the driver of the vehicle.
Just as a blind person doesn’t have a blind consciousness and a deaf person doesn’t have a deaf consciousness an intellectually disabled person doesn’t have an intellectually disabled consciousness, the health and complexity of an organism’s nervous system only speaks to the capacity of awareness through the body not to the capacity of the consciousness.