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If one searches the literature, then they will find many many reports of cases in which a person who has experienced a traumatic brain injury (with often accompanying temporary unconsciousness or coma), who then revives with knowledge or skills that they previously did not possess. Examples of knowledge and skills include ability to fluently speak another language, inexplicably attain savant/genius musical or mathematical abilities and in some cases revive with a new personal identity.

Teen wakes from coma speaking fluent Spanish after suffering concussion
http://fox59.com/2016/10/21/teen-wakes-from-coma-speaking-fluent-spanish-after-blow-to-head/

The man with no memory: Navy vet wakes up, speaks only Swedish
http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/health/amnesia-swedish/

Croatian teenager wakes up from a coma speaking fluent GERMAN
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1265433/Croatian-teenager-wakes-coma-speaking-fluent-German.html

After Concussion, Man Becomes a Musical Genius
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7ywpFqsp9o&feature=youtu.be

From mullet to math genius after a concussion
http://nypost.com/2014/04/20/how-a-brain-injury-turned-a-college-dropout-into-a-genius/


What this suggests is extraordinary.

It's as if our consciousness is a frequency in the ether that is being deciphered/processed by the brain. It suggests that we are not actually present in our bodies, but rather decoded in our bodies. It's hard to say. We are like a radio wave being sent out and picked up.

Look at what Pim van Lommel has said in his paper titled "ABOUT THE CONTINUITY OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS" - http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/Research/vonlommel_consciousness.htm

" In trying to understand this concept of quantum mechanical mutual interaction between the invisible phase-space and our visible, material body, it seems appropriate to compare it with modern worldwide communication. There is a continuous exchange of objective information by means of electromagnetic fields for radio, TV, mobile telephone, or laptop computer. We are unaware of the vast amounts of electromagnetic fields that constantly, day and night, exist around us and through us, as well as through structures like walls and buildings. We only become aware of these electromagnetic informational fields at the moment we use our mobile telephone or by switching on our radio, TV or laptop. What we receive is not inside the instrument, nor in the components, but thanks to the receiver, the information from the electromagnetic fields becomes observable to our senses and hence perception occurs in our consciousness. The voice we hear over our telephone is not inside the telephone. The concert we hear over our radio is transmitted to our radio. The images and music we hear and see on TV are transmitted to our TV set. The internet is not located inside our laptop. We can receive what is transmitted with the speed of light from a distance of some hundreds or thousands of miles. And if we switch off the TV set, the reception disappears, but the transmission continues. The information transmitted remains present within the electromagnetic fields. The connection has been interrupted, but it has not vanished and can still be received elsewhere by using another TV set ('non-locality').

Could our brain be compared to the TV set, which receives electromagnetic waves and transforms them into image and sound, as well as to the TV camera, which transforms image and sound into electromagnetic waves? This electromagnetic radiation holds the essence of all information, but is only perceivable by our senses through suitable instruments like camera and TV set.

The informational fields of our consciousness and of our memories, both evolving during our lifetime by our experiences and by the informational input from our sense organs, are present around us, and become available to our waking consciousness only through our functioning brain (and other cells of our body) in the shape of electromagnetic fields. As soon as the function of the brain has been lost, as in clinical death or brain death, memories and consciousness do still exist, but the receptivity is lost, the connection is interrupted.

According to our concept, grounded on the reported aspects of consciousness experienced during cardiac arrest, we can conclude that our consciousness could be based on fields of information, consisting of waves, and that it originates in the phase-space. During cardiac arrest, the functioning of the brain and of other cells in our body stops because of anoxia. The electromagnetic fields of our neurons and other cells disappear, and the possibility of resonance, the interface between consciousness and physical body, is interrupted.

Such understanding fundamentally changes one’s opinion about death, because of the almost unavoidable conclusion that at the time of physical death consciousness will continue to be experienced in another dimension, in an invisible and immaterial world, the phase-space, in which all past, present and future is enclosed.

The conclusion that consciousness can be experienced independently of brain function might well induce a huge change in the scientific paradigm in western medicine, and could have practical implications in actual medical and ethical problems such as the care for comatose or dying patients .......
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Rey wrote: "ABOUT THE CONTINUITY OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS"(...) The conclusion that consciousness can be experienced independently of brain function might well induce a huge change in the scientific paradigm in western medicine, and could have practical implications in actual medical and ethical problems such as the care for comatose or dying patients ....... "


This is an extremely interesting topic, Rey. Thanks for sharing.

Regarding comatose patients, we have had at least two locked-in syndrome case here in Italy (a young man and a young woman) who appeared to be in a coma and in a completely vegetative state, but were absolutely conscious, and eventually found a way to signal their state once they were able to open their eyes and move them. The young man ended up writing a book about his experience, through that eye-movement signalling system, and the young woman writes children stories in the same way. Even though these are extremely rare cases (LIS is a rare disease and only a slight percentage of patients is able to move their eyes) it really goes to show how many implications the existence of consciousness involves irrespective of the fact that a body is unable to function without a whole range of specially designed aids.
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Relevant excerpt from an interesting article that I remember regarding that topic:


As for efforts to bring patients out of a comatose state, the science is not quite there yet. Doctors will try to reverse the cause of the coma depending on the nature of the injury. So for glucose shock, for example, patients are often administered sugar. And as already noted, therapeutic hypothermia can also be initiated.

Interestingly, some patients who were thought to be in an unrecoverable vegetative state are awakening after being administered a $5 over-the-counter sleeping pill called zolpidem. This pill seems to be invigorating brain cells that were once thought to be dead.

As a concluding note, it's clear that physicians need to be more conscientious about determining the degree of conscious awareness in their comatose patients. For those friends and family members who cling to the hope that that their loved ones will soon wake up, there's nothing wrong with talking and touching — and in fact, for comatose patients who have some awareness, it may mean a great deal.


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The neuroscience of comas, or what it means to be trapped inside your own mind
http://io9.gizmodo.com/5966630/the-neuroscience-of-comas-or-what-it-means-to-be-trapped-inside-your-own-mind
Rey wrote: Relevant excerpt from an interesting article that I remember regarding that topic:


(...)As a concluding note, it's clear that physicians need to be more conscientious about determining the degree of conscious awareness in their comatose patients. For those friends and family members who cling to the hope that that their loved ones will soon wake up, there's nothing wrong with talking and touching — and in fact, for comatose patients who have some awareness, it may mean a great deal.

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The neuroscience of comas, or what it means to be trapped inside your own mind
http://io9.gizmodo.com/5966630/the-neuroscience-of-comas-or-what-it-means-to-be-trapped-inside-your-own-mind


Thank you, Rey, for the quote and extra link.

Regarding those two cases of LIS, it was only thanks to the closest relatives of the patients, who insisted about their loved one being conscious, in the face of the nursing/medical staff who thought that was only wishful thinking.

The husband of the woman who is writing children stories in particular, and whose condition was caused by a stroke at the time of giving birth to her second daughter, kept beign told it was only due to his emotional connection to his beloved wife that he "imagined" she was conscious. This opens another scenario, which has to do with communication with a conscious mind when their physical equipment is no longer available. Establishing this eye-signalling system was no easy task, and the same could apply to mediumship, i.e. using the correct communication code with a disincarnate being.

The ethical issue would also involve unborn children, I suspect, since I hear of many cases of people who remember being conscious and aware during their mother's pregnancy, before their own birth.

I genuenily hope these researches continue to shed light on the conscious mind, hence getting people to realise that we are not only a physical body that can be disposed of at will.
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