Experiencing Death:
An Insider's Perspective

Moderated by Steve Paulson
Executive Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge


Peter Fenwick, MBBCh, DPM, FRCPsych
Neuropsychiatrist and Clinical Neurophysiologist, St Thomas' Hospital
President, Horizon Research Foundation

Mary C. Neal, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon and drowning survivor
Author, To Heaven and Back

Kevin Nelson, MD
Professor of Neurology, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Author, The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain

Sam Parnia, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine
Director of Resuscitation Research, State University of New York
Author, Erasing Death

Steve Paulson, Sam Parnia, Mary Neal, Kevin Nelson, Peter Fenwick

For millennia, human beings have wondered what happens when we die. What is the first-person experience of dying and being brought back to life? Technological advances in resuscitation science have now added an intriguing new chapter to the literature of "out of body" or "near death experiences" by eliciting detailed and vivid accounts of those who have approached the threshold of death. However we might seek to explain such phenomena, it is no longer tenable to simply dismiss this accumulating body of firsthand experiences. Can these experiences be explained through the lens of biology and neuroscience?

What can we learn from the transformative accounts of those who have crossed the threshold of death?? How have their experiences affected their sense of self and identity? Join neurologist Kevin Nelson, psychiatrist Peter Fenwick, orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal, and emergency medicine expert Sam Parnia as they share some of these remarkable stories and discuss how they analyze such experiences in light of their own backgrounds and training.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Reception to Follow
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
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This event is part of the Rethinking Mortality: Exploring the Boundaries between Life and Death series, which brings together leading experts to discuss this new frontier at the intersection of life and death, and its potential implications for how we approach and understand our mortality from scientific, ethical, and spiritual perspectives.
Rethinking Mortality: The Emerging Science of Consciousness