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With Christof Koch (Chief Scientist, Allen Institute), Daniel Kondziella (Neurologist, Copenhagen University Hospital), Anthony Bossis (CProf. Psychiatry, NYU), Charlotte Martial (Univ, of Lige, Belgium).
Thu, Jun 08, 2023 @ 08:30 AM   FREE   NY Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Ave

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Throughout the arc of history, humans have been fascinated with death, as well as mystical or peak experiences & other non-ordinary states of awareness - each with the potential to influence our understanding of the nature of consciousness. With recent advances in neuroscience & resuscitation medicine, millions of people have come close to, or even entered, what is now considered a gray zone of death by cardiopulmonary criteria, before being resuscitated back to life. Near-death experiences (NDEs) have been reported throughout the world, often associated with long-term growth & psychological transformation. Occurring cross-culturally & since antiquity, these phenomena -along with the recent scientific investigation of psychedelic-occasioned mystical-type experience - often include an enhanced sense of personal meaning, purpose, existential & spiritual well-being.

What is consciousness? Why are humans seemingly wired for these transcendent & meaning-making experiences? What happens to consciousness upon physical death? Are there common features in the variety of altered states of consciousness? This special one-day event features a notable group of international experts in consciousness research, neuroscience, psychedelics, mystical & near-death experience research, the history of comparative religion & mythology, along with a first-hand account of a near-death experience.
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