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Pediatrician and neuroscientist Dr. Melvin Morse spoke about remote viewing, children's near-death experiences (NDEs), as well as consciousness research and mind-body healing. Remote viewing and near-death experiences share certain aspects, he noted. For instance, remote viewers draw what they call the "aperture" -- a big long tunnel that is followed by a rainbow, and NDErs describe traveling through a tunnel filled with light. "When we die we have...the loss of input from all of our senses-- that's the darkness that people perceive, then we dip back into that billion bits of information," the sensory stream that is the rainbow of light, he explained.
Children's reports of NDEs are special because "they tell you exactly what they see and feel...without any of the added embellishments," said Morse, citing the case of a little girl who was clinically dead, and after resuscitation said she was "shocked to see her [deceased] grandmother." Studies of energetic healers have shown they can shrink tumors, yet in general they have not been employed for this purpose, he reported. Morse foresees that within the next 10-15 years the use of such healers will become commonplace.
Interestingly, new research has found that birds use remote viewing for navigation, applying non-local processes to gather information if just for a few micro-seconds, he shared. Dr. Morse will be speaking at two upcoming conferences-- The International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA), on how remote viewing can be used to treat PTSD, and the IIIHS Conference in Montreal in July.
Dr. Melvin Morse has researched near death experiences in children and adults for over 15 years. His interest evolved from his experiences working in Critical Care Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Morse graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine, interned in Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco, and then completed a residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital.
He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington. His research has been featured in documentaries in several countries, and he has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. In addition, he has authored several books on the subject of near death experiences.
A near-death experience (NDE) refers to a broad range of personal experiences associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body; feelings of levitation; total serenity, security, or warmth; the experience of absolute dissolution; and the presence of a light.
These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or otherwise very close to death, hence the term near-death experience. Many NDE reports, however, originate from events that are not life-threatening. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDEs has increased The experiences have been described in medical journals as having the characteristics of hallucinations,while parapsychologists, religious believers and some mainstream scientists have pointed to them as evidence of an afterlife and mind-body dualism.
Popular interest in near-death experiences was initially sparked by Weiss's 1972 The Vestibule, followed by Raymond Moody's 1975 book Life After Life and the founding of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in 1981. According to a Gallup poll, approximately eight million Americans claim to have had a near-death experience. Some commentators, such as Simpson, claim that the number of near-death experiencers may be underestimated. People who have had a near-death experience may not be comfortable discussing the experience with others, especially when the NDE is understood as a paranormal incident.
NDEs are among the phenomena studied in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and hospital medicine