near death experienceJoe Segen2016-12-16T05:02:21+00:00
near death experience
DefinitionA popular term for the constellation of sensations and perceptions associated with impending death, which includes the sensation of detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, serenity, security, warmth, a sense of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light. NSEs may be reported after a person has been pronounced clinically dead or been near death.
Mainstream scientists and doctors regard NSEs as hallucinatory phenomena; parapsychologists regard them as proof of an afterlife and mind-body dualism.
Note: An unknown number of events called near-death experiences don’t refer to the above definition, as can be seen from the following headline, Boris Johnson’s Near-Death Experience with Lorry Caught on Camera–The Guardian, 23 May, 2009.