A Scientist Says Your Brain Keeps Processing After You Die – So You Actually Know When You’re Dead

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For millennia, humanity has pondered what happens after we die. Before any notions of an afterlife come into play, though, there’s the question of what we experience at the very point of death. And according to one scientist, we may actually be fully aware that we’re no longer alive. The theory goes that our brains don’t shut off once we’re dead – or, at least, not immediately.

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If the scientist’s theory rings true, then it raises all sorts of potential implications and questions. Is it just your brain that’s working? Or can you still see and hear things – even if you don’t have motor control? But even if you can’t, the very prospect of being aware of your death sounds quite distressing.

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Image: Chanikarn Thongsupa

And if you do still have hold of your senses, it might be even more stressful. For instance, you could hear a doctor pronounce you dead if you’re in hospital. It’s hard to imagine the thoughts that might race around your mind in that moment, knowing there’s literally nothing you can do to change your circumstances.

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