What if consciousness exists apart from a physical body? Many would then have to revise their worldview. Instead, it is easier to dogmatically proclaim that this is not within the purview of science.
However, it seems that science can speak to the question of consciousness existing apart from a body:
· Of the 2,060 patients from Austria, the US and the UK interviewed for the study who had survived cardiac arrest, almost 40 per cent said that they recall some form of awareness after being pronounced clinically dead. http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/670781/There-IS-life-after-DEATH-Scientists-reveal-shock-findings-from-groundbreaking-study
· Of those who said they had experienced some awareness, just two per cent said their experience was consistent with the feeling of an outer body experience – where one feels completely aware and can hear and see what’s going on around them after death. Almost half of the respondents said the experience was not of awareness, but rather of fear.
One man was able to recall the events in the hospital with “eerie accuracy” after he had “died temporarily.”
This finding has often been reported but often ignored. Why? Perhaps Dr. Parnia’s response is illuminative:
· “The detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events."
· "This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions.”
Such findings are ignored, because they do not fit into the prevailing materialistic paradigm that nothing exists outside of the physical world. To suggest otherwise opens the door to considerations about the existence of God – an inconvenient truth.