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Mysterious Britain & Ireland | Mysteries, Legends & The Paranormal
An Interview With Dr Jason Braithwaite
Dr Jason Braithwaite We recently caught up with Dr Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Birmingham with an interest in anomalous experience, hallucinations, and aberrations in self-consciousness. He also has a formidable reputation for being extremely well informed on matters of the brain / mind relationship, and high quality scientific research. Read More >
If God is Love why He sends people to hell? | Faithfreedom.org
Jason Braithwaite, a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre, University of Birmingham, issued an in-depth analysis and critique of Lommel's prospective study published in the medical journal The Lancet, concluding that while Lommel's et al. study makes a useful contribution, it contains several factual and logical errors.
Among these errors are Lommel's misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the dying-brain hypothesis, misunderstandings over the role of anoxia, misplaced confidence in EEG measurements (a flat electroencephalogram (EEG) reading is not evidence of total brain inactivity), etc. Jason concluded with, "it is difficult to see what one could learn from the paranormal survivalist position which sets out assuming the truth of that which it seeks to establish, makes additional and unnecessary assumptions, misrepresents the current state of knowledge from mainstream science, and appears less than comprehensive in its analysis of the available facts." In his book Lommel also supported alleged psychic abilities of some NDErs.
BBC: Near-death experiences are 'electrical surge in dying brain'
Commenting on the research, Dr Jason Braithwaite, of the University of Birmingham, said the phenomenon appeared to be the brain's "last hurrah".
"This is a very neat demonstration of an idea that's been around for a long time: that under certain unfamiliar and confusing circumstances - like near-death - the brain becomes overstimulated and hyperexcited," he said. Striking "Like 'fire raging through the brain', activity can surge through brain areas involved in conscious experience, furnishing all resultant perceptions with realer-than-real feelings and emotions." But he added: "One limitation is that we do not know when, in time, the near-death experience really occurs.
Commenting on the research, Dr. Jason Braithwaite, of the University of Birmingham, has said that it appears that it is the brain's "last hurrah".
"This is a very neat demonstration of an idea that's been around for a long time; that under certain unfamiliar and confusing circumstances - like near-death - the brain becomes over-stimulated and hyper-excited, he said. It is "Like 'fire raging through the brain', activity can surge through brain areas involved in conscious experience, furnishing all resultant perceptions with realer-than-real feelings and emotions. But he added; "One limitation is that we do not know when, in time, the near-death experience really occurs.
Jason Braithwaite of the University of Birmingham has been studying OBEs in healthy individuals by looking at the underlying factors that predispose these individuals to have OBEs.
Braithwaite and colleagues found that OBEs can and do occur in healthy and psychologically normal people.
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