Near Death Experience is a profound personal experience associated with death or impending death which researchers claim share similar characteristics. When positive, such experiences may encompass a variety of sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light. When negative, such experiences may include sensations of anguish and distress.
The International Workshop on East – West Approaches to the Nature of Mind, Consciousness and Self brought together an exclusive group of leading edge academics to share their latest research on consciousness.
Green Lane Films Director, Emma Goude, was asked to film the workshop at Dartington Hall, Devon, UK from 21st to 25th April, 2014 so that the talks could be heard by the rest of the world, who weren’t invited.
“I don’t think I’ve been in a room with so many people who are on Wikipedia before!” Emma said.
The Near Death Experience talk by Peter Fenwick has had by far the most views on YouTube.
You can browse all the other videos from the talk here.
The talks explore the edges of current understanding of ordinary and extra-ordinary conscious experience. Although Consciousness Studies is now a flourishing area of investigation, ordinary and extra-ordinary human experiences do not fit comfortably into the prevailing materialist-reductionist worldview. While there has been increasing interest in and awareness of Eastern philosophical/psychological understanding of Mind, Consciousness and Self in Western philosophy and Science, there are major cultural differences both in how these are conceptualised and investigated.
The purpose of this workshop was to gather together a selection of some of the best current thinkers and researchers in this area, from different traditions (both Eastern and Western), to explore these issues in depth, with the aim of moving closer to a more integrated, inclusive worldview.