For my latest book, I have drawn on a number of scientific sources to make what I believe is an airtight case that consciousness can and does continue after death. The sources include a distinguished University of Virginia Medical School professor and the findings of studies he conducted indicating the brain influences consciousness but does not create it. Rather, the brain connects consciousness to and integrates it with the body, indicating the scientific basis for life after death.
I quote Bruce Greyson, M.D., The Chester Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia, as having said, “The nineteenth century, materialist view that the brain in some miraculous way we do not understand produces consciousness discounts or ignores that consciousness in extreme circumstances can function very well without a brain.”
Dr. Greyson’s studies clearly indicate consciousness can continue, and memories can be formed, while the brain is clinically dead or incapacitated. I give a number of specific examples in Chapter One of my new book, which include the recovery of lost consciousness in the moments or days prior to death among people who have been unconscious for prolonged periods of time; complex consciousness ability in some individuals who have minimal brain tissue; complex consciousness in near-death experiences when the brain is not functioning or is functioning at a greatly diminished level; and memories, particularly among young children, accurately recalling details of past lives.
Additional evidence is presented as the book unfolds that suggests the brain functions more like a cell phone or radio receiver that connects our consciousness to and integrates it with our bodies. There can be no doubt the brain influences and affects our consciousness—consider what happens when someone drinks too much or is hit on the head—but it is clearly not the actual source of our consciousness. It seems logical to me our consciousness is in fact anchored in another dimension, what some would call the spiritual side, or “beyond the veil,” and this is why our consciousness can and apparently does continue after the death of the body.