What's on This Week

11.23.2014
Resuscitation science is revolutionizing medical care and reviving people who are clinically dead. With proper care, people who suffer heart attacks and lose brain function–even...
11.23.2014
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Reality is catching up to science fiction.  But there are still new science-fiction writers who are thinking the unthinkable and daring to go beyond the limits of our imaginations...

On Our Minds

Adele and Kurt Godel
The scientific genius Kurt Godel is on our minds this week.  So Anne Strainchamps talks with the French writer, Yannick Grannec, about her novel, "The Goddess of Small Things...
At the risk of stating the obvious, we’re all going to die. As that event creeps closer, the reality of that situation has an — often profoundly unsettling — effect on people...
“Advances in resuscitation science are beginning to challenge our understanding of what death really is,” says Sam Parnia. He's the director of cardiopulmonary resuscitation...
Matches
In the second hour of the death series, Pam Wald talked about helping her husband Ben - then terminally ill - use Oregon's Death with Dignity Act to speed the end of his life...
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In her latest book, "This Changes Everything," journalist Naomi Klein takes a critical view of our current approaches to climate change. She sees the solution resting in the...

Debating Near-Death Experiences

People who've had near-death experiences report strikingly similar stories: a dramatic transformation of perspective; passage through a tube or a tunnel into another world; a brilliant light; being greeted by deceased family and friends. When they come back, most people say they've been transformed. Raymond Moody, the psychiatrist and philosophy professor who has collected thousand of NDE stories, says that people often then feel “the most important thing we can do while we’re alive is to learn how to love.”

Scientists believe that these experiences aren't inventions, but there is still much debate about how they happen and what they might mean. Some scientists argue that NDEs have purely physiological causes. Others believe that NDEs may in fact be a gateway into a different realm of consciousness. Either way, they pose extremely challenging questions for science and spirituality. Steve Paulson presents an overview of the NDE debate, complete with links and a conversation among leading thinkers in the field.