Could Cryogenics Finally Prove (Or Disprove) Life After Death?
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are often held up as evidence that the afterlife exists. As the argument goes, the experiences that people describe in their near-death experiences are too powerful and vivid to be ignored. If people are able to form memories after they are dead then surely there must be an afterlife.
The problem, as I described in this article, is that near-death experiences may be the result of electrical activity in the brain after a person’s heart stops. So, while they offer evidence for people who already lean towards a belief in the afterlife, they are less-than-convincing for everyone else.
But, today, I would like to discuss the exciting possibility that cryogenics could offer much stronger evidence for (or against) life after death.
What is Cryogenics?
Simply put, cryogenics is just a fancy name for the process of freezing something at very low temperatures. In recent years, several companies have started offering this service to people who want to preserve their bodies in the hope of being reanimated in the future.
For example, a person with a terminal illness might ask for their body to be frozen so that a future, more advanced, medical system could cure them.
Notably, unlike our current definition of “death,” which focuses on the beating of our hearts, people who undergo cryogenic procedures are completely dead – brain and all.
How Cryogenics Could Offer Proof of Life After Death
When a person undergoes a cryogenic procedure, their body is completely frozen. This means that, among other things, all activity in their brains ceases. From a physical perspective, they are quite literally frozen in time.
Now there is some question as to whether people who are cryogenically frozen will be able to be brought back to life. But, just for a few minutes, let’s assume that this is possible. What will they be able to tell us?
Most importantly, they will be able to tell us if they have any memories from their time in a frozen state. If, as most scientists argue, our memories are stored exclusively in the brain, they should have no recollection of the afterlife. If, on the other hand, we do have souls, perhaps these people will be able to share their “true death experiences” (TDEs) with us.
A Few Caveats and Limitations
Of course, asking these people to share their TDEs is far from definitive on the question of whether life after death exists.
For starters, it is completely possible that the memories our souls are able to retain are not transferable to our human bodies. Perhaps our memories of the afterlife are held in a different dimension, waiting to be reunited with our souls when we pass through to the afterlife.
On the other hand, it is possible that, in an attempt to explain their situation, the brains of these subjects may invent life after death experiences. One of the primary roles of our brains is to maintain a logical timeline of and context for our experiences. In the absence of such a timeline, there is no telling what our subconscious will do to “fill in the gaps.”
Still, at the end of the day, TDEs, if they ever occur, will offer a much more compelling look at life after death than NDEs do. I for one can’t wait to hear the first reports from these individuals!
Do you think that TDEs will offer proof for or against the concept of life after death? Why? Let’s have a conversation!