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14th Aug '16 7:24:34 PM PaulA
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* The eponymous ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Curse of Chalion]]'' can only be broken by a man "willing to lay down his life three times for the House of Chalion." This leaves poor Cazaril getting just-barely-not-killed twice (once in the backstory and [[TakingYouWithMe once performing death magic]]) so his soul is open enough on the third death that the gods can unmake the curse through him. Yes, he had to ''practice dying''. Strictly speaking only the third time is a real NearDeathExperience, where he gets a full glimpse of the gods' realm and the Lady of Spring gives him the choice whether to return to life or not.

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* The In ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'', the eponymous ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Curse of Chalion]]'' can only be broken by a man "willing to lay down his life three times for the House of Chalion." This leaves poor Cazaril getting just-barely-not-killed twice (once in the backstory and [[TakingYouWithMe once performing death magic]]) so his soul is open enough on the third death that the gods can unmake the curse through him. Yes, he had to ''practice dying''. Strictly speaking only the third time is a real NearDeathExperience, where he gets a full glimpse of the gods' realm and the Lady of Spring gives him the choice whether to return to life or not.
7th Aug '16 12:59:11 PM Nerrin
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* The eponymous ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Curse of Chalion]]'' can only be broken by a man "willing to lay down his life three times for the House of Chalion." This leaves poor Cazaril getting just-barely-not-killed twice (once in the backstory and [[TakingYouWithMe once performing death magic]]) so his soul is open enough on the third death that the gods can unmake the curse through him. Yes, he had to ''practice dying''. Strictly speaking only the third time is a real NearDeathExperience, where he gets a full glimpse of the gods' realm and the Lady of Spring gives him the choice whether to return to life or not.
19th Jul '16 9:08:44 PM Angeldeb82
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A character almost dies, but is given a chance to or is forced to return. Often overlaps with ItIsNotYourTime. Sometimes overlaps with NearDeathClairvoyance. If the near-death is a near-suicide, may overlap with WonderfulLife. To some extent TruthInTelevision, and heavily overlaps with DoNotFearTheReaper.

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A character almost dies, but is given a chance to or is forced to return. Often overlaps with ItIsNotYourTime. Sometimes overlaps with NearDeathClairvoyance. If the near-death is a near-suicide, may overlap with WonderfulLife. ItsAWonderfulPlot. To some extent TruthInTelevision, and heavily overlaps with DoNotFearTheReaper.
DontFearTheReaper.
4th Jul '16 5:44:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* A rather strange example occurs in ''[[TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness Ghost Hunter]]''. [[spoiler:Torak actually does ''die'', but whilst he's confusedly and aimlessly wandering around on the Mountain of Ghosts, Wolf comes and guides him back into his body.]]

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* A rather strange example occurs in ''[[TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness Ghost Hunter]]''. [[spoiler:Torak actually does ''die'', but whilst he's confusedly and aimlessly wandering around on the Mountain of Ghosts, Wolf comes and guides him back into his body.]]
1st Jul '16 8:22:06 PM Fireblood
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* While there many known cases, only a few have been well observed, with actual proof that the brain was inactive during the "experience." One of them is Pam Reynolds. Watch there: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNbdUEqDB-k]] or [[https://vimeo.com/25629985]]
** If those statements by Pam and the scientists turn out to be true, then CessationOfExistence will be subverted for all hadn't believed one existed, as well be averted for those who always believed an afterlife did.

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* While there many known cases, only a few have been well observed, with actual proof that the brain was inactive during the "experience." One of them is Pam Reynolds. Watch there: here [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNbdUEqDB-k]] or here [[https://vimeo.com/25629985]]
com/25629985]].
** If those statements by Pam and the scientists turn out to be true, then CessationOfExistence will be subverted for all everyone who hadn't believed one any afterlife existed, as well be and averted for those who always believed an afterlife did.



* In ''ProofOfHeaven'' neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander recounts his own near-death experience and asserts, using his own experience as a brain specialist, how his physical brain simply could not have generated the "hyper-real" world that he experienced. In his own words, Eben's experience as a brain surgeon, his passive atheism, the detailed scans taken of his brain showing almost no activity, the hairs breadth he came to actual death, and his remarkable full recovery essentially made his the "perfect storm" of near-death experiences. Regardless of your personal beliefs, it's hard not to take his account seriously. However, his account and assertion is questioned by others.

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* In ''ProofOfHeaven'' ''Proof Of Heaven'' neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander recounts his own near-death experience and asserts, using his own experience as a brain specialist, how his physical brain simply could not have generated the "hyper-real" world that he experienced. In his own words, Eben's experience as a brain surgeon, his passive atheism, the detailed scans taken of his brain showing almost no activity, the hairs breadth he came to actual death, and his remarkable full recovery essentially made his the "perfect storm" of near-death experiences. Regardless of your personal beliefs, it's hard not to take his account seriously. However, his account and assertion is questioned by others.



* Many organized religions take near-death experiences very seriously as proof of their doctrine. Others may shun them or dismiss them as delusions.

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* Many organized religions take near-death experiences very seriously as proof of their doctrine. Others may shun them or dismiss them as delusions. One thing critics point out is that the NDEs are contradictory in terms of religious imagery (e.g. people see imagery reflective of their religion or what is dominant where they live) so claming this as proof of any one religion would be problematic at best.
23rd May '16 4:51:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheSopranos'': After Tony is shot in the season 5 finale by a senile Uncle Junior, he goes into a coma where he dreams about being in another city when his wallet and ticket back home get stolen. Before he wakes up he's standing in front of a house party where a person he had killed offers to take his bag and tells him to come inside, but he's distracted from moving on by voices in the wind calling for him (his family in the hospital).
17th Apr '16 4:38:46 AM erracht
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* Those who believe that near-death experiences are purely the result of processes of the brain and not supernatural in nature will counter that we don't know at what moment they happened and that we shouldn't assume that it was while the patient had no brain activity, as well as that at times, there might actually be brain activity when none has been registered as the instrument used may have been able to measure only surface brain activity.


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* There is also the issue of whether those who have published accounts of their near-death experiences are telling the truth or are fabricating the stories with a hidden agenda.
13th Apr '16 2:07:17 PM caivu
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Compare with SerendipitousSurvival, where a character avoids death by being elsewhere due to sheer luck, when under normal circumstances they would have died.
22nd Mar '16 9:18:04 AM howdotheyriseup
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', as a world filled with [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]], has quite a few - although some possibly count as ''actual'' death experiences.
** The killing of Gil, Tarvek and Agatha was the subject of the particularly lengthy ''Si Vales Valeo'' arc - it was necessary for all three to have near-death experiences to cure them of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hogfarb's Resplendent Immolation]].
--> '''Tarvek:''' ''[weakly]'' I... I don't think I'm '''''at all well'''''...\\
'''Agatha:''' No, no! It's all going to be all right! We're just going to '''''kill you''''', and then you'll be '''''fine'''''!
** Tarvek's sister Anevka was saved from her near-death experience, following her involvement in one of her father's experiments, by Tarvek connecting her barely-living body to a clank that she would be able to control. [[spoiler: This didn't exactly go as planned, as according to Tarvek her body died anyway, and the clank continued living Anevka's life without realising it wasn't her.]]
** Tarvek has had a couple of other near-death experiences separate from his illness and the Si Vales Valeo - one when he was stabbed and then shot in Sturmhalten, and then another when he was stabbed by Martellus and poisoned with something that should have made him ''dissolve'' within half an hour. [[spoiler: Luckily for him, that was when the Baron set off the timestop, and Gil was able to heal him once he pulled him back into realtime.]]
12th Mar '16 7:13:53 PM Fireblood
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* Near-death experiences do happen in the real life. They are a true mystery, since all approaches to explain them in pure Materialist frame of reference have so far failed.

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* Near-death experiences do happen in the real life. They are a true mystery, since all approaches to explain them in pure Materialist frame of reference There have so far failed.been proposed scientific explanations of them, but NDE proponents remain unconvinced.



** If those statements by Pam and the scientists turn out to be true, then CessationOfExistence will be subverted for all [[AntiNihilist Anti-]] and [[StrawNihilist Nihilists]], as well be averted for those who always believed in a afterlife.
* In ''ProofOfHeaven'' neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander recounts his own near death experience and explains, using his own experience as a brain specialist, how his physical brain simply could not have generated the "hyper-real" world that he experienced. In his own words, Eben's experience as a brain surgeon, his passive atheism, the detailed scans taken of his brain showing almost no activity, the hairs breadth he came to actual death, and his remarkable full recovery essentially made his the "perfect storm" of near-death experiences. Regardless of your personal beliefs, it's hard not to take his account seriously.
* The recent AWARE study, led by Dr. Sam Parnia, is dedicated to objectively studying whether or not Near-Death Experiences (and their Out-of-Body components) do indeed happen when someone has objectively died. So far, his findings seem to imply, in his own words, that that which makes a person who they are (their consciousness or "soul") doesn't become annihilated after death.
* There are several web sites, such as Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (see http://www.nderf.org ) and Near-Death.com (http://www.near-death.com, which are dedicated on near death experiences and their research.

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** If those statements by Pam and the scientists turn out to be true, then CessationOfExistence will be subverted for all [[AntiNihilist Anti-]] and [[StrawNihilist Nihilists]], hadn't believed one existed, as well be averted for those who always believed in a afterlife.
an afterlife did.
* In ''ProofOfHeaven'' neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander recounts his own near death near-death experience and explains, asserts, using his own experience as a brain specialist, how his physical brain simply could not have generated the "hyper-real" world that he experienced. In his own words, Eben's experience as a brain surgeon, his passive atheism, the detailed scans taken of his brain showing almost no activity, the hairs breadth he came to actual death, and his remarkable full recovery essentially made his the "perfect storm" of near-death experiences. Regardless of your personal beliefs, it's hard not to take his account seriously.
seriously. However, his account and assertion is questioned by others.
* The recent AWARE study, led by Dr. Sam Parnia, is dedicated to objectively studying whether or not Near-Death Experiences near-death experiences (and their Out-of-Body out-of-body components) do indeed happen when someone has objectively died. So far, his findings seem to imply, in his own words, that that which makes a person who they are (their consciousness or "soul") doesn't become is not simply annihilated after death.
* There are several web sites, such as Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (see http://www.nderf.org ) and Near-Death.com (http://www.near-death.com, which are dedicated on near death near-death experiences and their research.
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