Experiencing Death: An Insider’s Perspective

Panel Discussion December 11, 2013

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.


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Peter Fenwick Neuropsychiatrist and Clinical Neurophysiologist
  • Mary C. Neal Founding Partner, Orthopedic Associates of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Kevin Nelson Professor of Neurology, University of Kentucky
  • Sam Parnia Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center


  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


This volume brings sheds light on the emerging frontier at the intersection of life and death, with an emphasis on how we understand and approach our mortality from scientific, ethical, and even spiritual perspectives.

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About This Series

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.



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  • Is the Mind More than Brain Function? Dec 11, 2013 10:02 16785
  • Brain Physiology and Near-Death Experiences Dec 11, 2013 02:53 3135
  • Out-of-Body Experiences Explained? Dec 11, 2013 09:19 219117
  • Do Atheists Have Near-Death Experiences? Dec 11, 2013 01:20 37124
  • The Universality of Near-Death Experiences Dec 11, 2013 03:13 2545
  • Mary Neal's Near-Death Experience Dec 11, 2013 07:40 100989
  • Is There Scientific Proof of Near Death Experiences? Dec 11, 2013 03:24 12537
  • Lucid Dreaming v. Near-Death Experiences Dec 11, 2013 02:52 6043
  • Can Science Verify Near-Death Experiences? Dec 11, 2013 06:17 43545
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