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Remarkable advances in resuscitation medicine—the science of bringing people back to life—have blurred the once clear demarcation between life and death. Led by physicians across the globe, these developments are creating a paradigm shift in our understanding of death, challenging the perception that it is an implacable, terminal moment with the realization that death is a dynamic, biological process that is capable of being reversed.

Today, people who have been pronounced "dead" are being brought back to life minutes to even hours after taking their last breath, with the possibility of leading healthy and normal lives. Moreover, many of these individuals, spanning all ages and backgrounds, are now reporting—in surprisingly vivid and similar accounts—their firsthand experience of what happened after their cardiac arrest, raising the unavoidable question of the continuity of consciousness beyond physical death.


Reversing Death: The Miracle of Modern Medicine
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out

Featuring: Lance Becker, Stephan A. Mayer, and Sam Parnia

Experts in emergency medicine and neurosurgery highlight new discoveries in resuscitation science that are helping to bring back those on the brink of death, and the difficult decisions and ethical dilemmas they confront during medical crises. Learn More | Press Release

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Prolonging Life: Legal, Ethical, and Social Dilemmas
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out

Featuring: Christopher Comfort, Barbara Coombs Lee, Sam Shemie, and
Mildred Z. Solomon

As lifesaving technologies advance, how should resources be used to prolong the lives of patients suspended between life and death? Panelists weigh the legal, ethical, and social implications of such decisions. Learn More

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Experiencing Death: An Insider's Perspective
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out

Featuring: Peter Fenwick, Kevin Nelson, Mary Neal, and Sam Parnia

What happens when we die? Recent medical advances have led to increased reports of "out of body" or "near death" experiences. Can these experiences be explained, and what can we learn from the transformative accounts of those who have nearly died? Learn More

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Confronting Mortality: Faith and Meaning across Cultures
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out

Featuring: Jeffrey J. Kripal, Allan Kellehear, and Lani Leary

How do we cope with the inevitability of our mortality? Experts in psychology, religion and sociology come together to share a multicultural perspective on death, dying, and what lies beyond. Learn More

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Past Conferences
The Thinking Ape:
The Enigma of Human Consciousness

Oct 10, 2012 | The New York Academy of Sciences
Webcast Podcast

Daniel Kahneman, David Chalmers, Laurie Santos, and Nicholas Schiff discuss the origin and nature of consciousness.

Brain World Dana Foundation Psychology Today

The Mystery of Memory:
In Search of the Past

Nov 14, 2012 | The New York Academy of Sciences
Webcast Podcast

Daniel Schacter, Joseph LeDoux, Alison Winter, and André Aciman discuss how memory impacts our perception, personality, and experience of the world.

NBC News Brain World
Dana Foundation LiveScience

Music & the Mind:
The Magical Power of Sound

Dec 12, 2012 | The New York Academy of Sciences
Webcast Podcast

Jamshed Bharucha, Charles Limb, Concetta Tomaino, and Vijay Iyer discuss how music both heals and elicits emotions at the interface of body, mind, and memory.

Scientific American Brain World NBC NewsLiveScience

Becoming Conscious:
The Science of Mindfulness

Feb 6, 2013 | The New York Academy of Sciences
Webcast Podcast

Richard Davidson, Amishi Jha, and Jon Kabat-Zinn explore the transformation of consciousness through mindfulness and contemplative practice.

Fox News Brain World LiveScience