Scientist: afterlife has a scientific explanation

© Illustration RIA Novosti . A. Polannaruwa brain at the moment of clinical deathScientist: afterlife has a scientific explanation© Illustration RIA Novosti . A. Polyanina

Yuri Serdyukov, doctor of philosophical Sciences, Professor of «Philosophy, sociology and law», far Eastern state transport University (Khabarovsk) offered the scientific community a new concept of formation of subjective reality during clinical death, giving a natural scientific explanation for the feelings that one experiences in this particular condition. Some patients in this situation, it is possible to return to life and their stories about their experiences are often treated as the paintings «hell» or «Paradise». However, the same pattern can be explained without any mysticism, the analysis of physiological and psychological processes.

A valuable source of knowledge about man in a state of clinical death, is also the book of Leo M. Litvak, PhD, Professor of psychiatry, which is 26 days and was in a coma and came out of it, described what he felt. Leo Litvak shares it’s terminal as stage 4: stage 1 – dark; 2 stage – the vital depression; stage 3 – euphoria; stage 4 – exit from a terminal condition. Since the author is a doctor by profession-a psychiatrist, he explains these stages as part of the psychopathological process. Furthermore, he specifically compares a number of mystical experiences with the experiences in acute psychosis, and reveals their commonality, which allows you to better explain the propensity to mystical interpretations of the «near death experience».

As said Yuri Serdyukov, stay in a coma can hardly be considered as psychosis, because psychosis is a severe violation of mental activity, which, in this case, it is difficult to prove. Serdyukov believes that the «terminal state of consciousness» there is a disintegration of the psyche, a person loses the ability to verbal-logical thinking. Subjective reality becomes an undifferentiated stream oniric (dream-like) experiences, created a spontaneous activity of the brain. Content experiences are driven by three factors: 1) all your life, starting from prenatal period, when forming the ability to perceive sound information; 2) the innate mental structure of personality that formed in the perinatal period; 3) the activation of certain genetic structures in a situation of extreme stress, which is clinical death.
The essence of the concept of Yuri Serdyukov is the assertion that man is able to influence the content of near-death experiences. It is necessary to form a life-affirming attitude, deliberately to create a range of lasting, positive impressions firmly fixed in the neural structures of our brain and is able to resist the processes of decay in a state of clinical death. When you implement such attitudes significantly reduces the risk of profound vital depression, danger of immersion in a gloomy grey world presented in the descriptions of hell, and, conversely, increases the probability of a bright, joyful experiences characteristic of the image of Paradise.

Another important aspect of near-death experiences, revealed in the concept of Professor Serdyukov, is this: because they occur in conditions when there is no natural regulators of the time (primarily sunlight, rhythms of the heart), subjectively they can last forever. Although the objective, physical time, they are very long. And in this subjectively eternal existence of all previous life seems man’s only an episode.

New ideas were expressed by Yuri Serdyukov at the international interdisciplinary workshop «Neurophilosophy», held in Moscow state University named after M. V. Lomonosov.

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