Terminal Lucidity and the Need to Precisely Conceptualize End of Life Experien

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Terminal Lucidity and the Need to Precisely Conceptualize End of Life Experiences by Patricia Pearson

Quote:The cancer had spread to her brain by the time it was caught, and she had notable cognitive deficits based on where the
lesions lay. Her speech was halting; she couldn’t find words. You had to listen with attentive patience.

Then, suddenly, she regained a complete flair for crisp and incisive conversation. I remember having dinner with her and her family one night, and it was if she’d never been ill. She offered witty opinions about the subjects at hand, with energy and insight. We all thought that the whole - brain radiation she had undergone had quite obviously shrunk the tumors that had been blanketing her brain.

Two days later, she was dead. The oncologist got the final MRI results of her brain lesions back a week or so later and relayed what he saw to her husband. The tumors had not shrunk in the least after the radiation effort.

They had grown.

How to account for her mental vibrancy on the verge of death, then?
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(2018-07-25, 06:39 PM)Sciborg_S_Patel Wrote: How to account for her mental vibrancy on the verge of death, then?

My best guess would be asynchronous hyperthreading... (a term I just made up just now) ...she was using her brain from the past to carry out present cognitive functions.
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(2018-07-25, 09:20 PM)Hurmanetar Wrote: My best guess would be asynchronous hyperthreading... (a term I just made up just now) ...she was using her brain from the past to carry out present cognitive functions.

Interesting...I recall Braude once noting that causation across time wasn't as philosophically impossible as some seemed to think.

However the question he's also raised about localized retro-causation (or I guess here w/ retro + time-gap) is why would only such a small piece of the universe work this way?

I guess if consciousness supersedes time or if Time is naught but the interaction of conscious agents you can see a way this might work. My thinking is there is shifting point where the consciousness of the human transcends the consciousness of the cells, and it is here that the wayward body returns to serving that human self.

This is all based on Eric Weiss's notion of the Transphysical Self as detailed in The Longest Trajectory: Reincarnation & LIfe fter Death.
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She was probably tethering her consciousness through the brain of someone nearby.
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(2018-07-26, 06:57 PM)Obiwan Wrote: She was probably tethering her consciousness through the brain of someone nearby.

Now THAT is an interesting theory!

I'll need to think about this one more....good stuff...
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