Near-death experiences a result of high carbon dioxide levels?

The Telegraph reports on a Slovenian study by Dr. Zalika Klemenc-Ketiš suggesting that some near-death experiences result from a hallucinatory effect of high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood stream.

It’s not especially surprising to me that a physiological explanation has come to light for an phenomenon that overwhelmingly affects cardiac patients, but as Andrew Stuttaford at Secular Right points out, near-death experiences have become a cornerstone of modern spiritualist movements, so it’s nice to see one of the balloons holding up that type of fuzzy thinking deflated.

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About Meng Bomin

Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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