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What kind of doctor is he?

He summarizes his training in the 10-minute intro. I don't remember the details, but he counsels patients who are dying or bereaved. I'm guessing the "doctor" title indicates a PhD, but I'm not sure.

OT, but I found this brief discussion of how psi is presented on TV pretty interesting:

Here is his bio:

He is an MD.

This is very interesting Michael I shall get looking at it...BTW there was that recent article about NDE's and rats having brain surges after death..I believe I linked it up here. I think it would be good if you wrote a post on it and we could have some discussions. if not thats fine too.
Good day yall

Someone, Bernardo Kastrup has already covered the recent media hysteria on this story very succinctly on his blog:

Thanks for finding that info on Dr. Calvi-Parisetti, Ray.

Someone, I've read a little about brain surges in rats at the moment of death, but I'm not sure I see it as very important. Though some people claim it helps explain NDEs, I don't see how. The veridical observations made by NDErs cover more than just a few seconds, and wouldn't be explained by a brain surge anyway. Why would a brain surge allow "Maria" to see an abandoned shoe on a ledge of the hospital (to cite just one well-known case)?

Also, I don't see why the brain surge would produce a detailed, elaborate, reasonably consistent experience, as opposed to a flood of disconnected images and feelings. If the NDE consisted only of "your whole life flashing before your eyes," the brain surge might help explain it, but since an NDE is so much more, I can't see the brain surge as explaining much.

Here's an excerpt from Calvi-Parisetti's free online book "21 Days into the Afterlife."

(Link to book: )

"I am a medical doctor, with postgraduate education in public health and disaster management. I have spent some fifteen years working
in the management of large-scale international humanitarian operations,
serving in various capacities for the International Red Cross and for the United Nations. A few years ago I left my active, operational engagement in this sector to start a late academic career: I am currently Professor of
Emergencies and Humanitarian Action at the Institute for International Political Studies of Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and a visiting professor at the universities of York (UK), Pisa (Italy) and Geneva (Switzerland, where I live). I am also the author of several books, articles and technical publications in my area of expertise."

Haven't read the whole thing. So far, he sounds real solid.

Thanks Ray.

I've looked at the introductory video - very professional. I think if I wasn't engaged in my own personal research already, I'd definitely consider it. Great idea.

Regarding the "surge of brain activity in rats at the point of death", I find it disturbing that some "scientific" and "skeptic" groups, and certain pro-atheist media outlets, are claiming that this "proves NDEs are hallucinations".

What a travesty of science. A surge in brain activity in rats at the point of death means precisely this: rats have a surge of brain activity at the point of death.

Nobody has interviewed the rats about their transcendent experience of entering the rodent afterlife.

The fervour with which some individuals and groups have seized upon this research, and concluded therefrom that 1+1=3, shows how worrying NDEs are for the groupthink of materialists.

Someone, sorry that blog post I linked to was to do with another hyped media article concerning rat experiments and supposed 'implanted memories'. It's still worth a read though as it reminds us to be wary if media hype on these subjects.

As I am Scottish, I find his hybrid Scottish/Italian accent to be one of the weirdest I've ever heard!
That doesnt detract at all from the content though! The sample extract of his book is solid enough. I like his approach.

I particularly liked his observations on how much work is required to reach any kind of conclusion, but that once one embarks on this course, the volume of evidence is enormous.

I am very aware of the hysteria on this article. Personaly, I find the hysteria to be telling. If Sam Parnia is right (and he doesn't strike as somebody who is often wrong) numerous studies have shown no such thing in humans or dogs. They would also have to explain how some people have had NDE's while attached to an EEG with no surges of this type shown (Pam Reynolds,JD). That nine rats receive more attention than dozens of cats, dogs, and humans to me is very telling as well. Aslo, the article is not that good. They don't discuss prior research or try to rule out other explainations (ie, Calcium in the brain at the time of death) I just think it would be an interesting discussion on this blog.

In the other weird news department, scientists are supposedly creating "mini brains" from stem cells (

Do these created brains have consciousness? Do brain stem cells have consciousness? What will this mean for those who say the brain creates consciousness? Can a human being actually create consciousness (aside from the traditional procreation method)? If these mini-brains are destroyed, is it murder?

"I particularly liked his observations on how much work is required to reach any kind of conclusion, but that once one embarks on this course, the volume of evidence is enormous." - Paul

One time my older brother the beekeeper, who is a conservative republican, was visiting and I tried to get him to read a paper about the holographic universe. He took one glance at it and tossed it back at me and said, "I'm not going to read that!" So, that was the end of me ever having any influence on my family about my general philosophy of life. "I'm not going to read that!"

Most people are not willing to put in the effort to read all the stuff one needs to read to really understand just how much evidence there is for life after death. They don't even want to get started. My brother is a Darwinist. He believes whoever leaves the most offspring is the winner. I'm fairly certain he has no belief in life after death or God whatsoever. He is now 69 years old and he still lives his life exactly the same way he did 30 years ago.

I've been reading and studying about life after death since the year 2000. I've devoured books, articles, internet sites, etc. and at this point I have a high degree of confidence that something of who I am is going to survive the death of my physical body. Not exactly sure what that something is... but I have an idea.

@Art - you can but try :)

Sadly your older brother's reaction isn't uncommon amongst people who have very strong opinions on the matter :)

Re: the mini-brains-as-conscious-individuals: And, if the brains live for decades, who'd be responsible for taking care of them? Who'd have to pay the huge "medical" bills to keep them going? Would it be negligence if the plug was mistakenly pulled on them?

It can be seen as comical. Would the brain's passport have its picture on it? Would it have a gender? Would the "parents" put the brain in a pimped-out plexiglass tank for its interview on Jay Leno? :)

I discovered a most unpleasant "debate" with Dr. Calvi-Parisetti on the "Rational-Skepticism" website.

The points made by the skeptic in that "debate" are pretty bush-league, and mainly have to do with the fact that near-death does not equal death (though Sam Parnia may disagree). There's no attempt to deal with veridical observations made during NDEs, or with the question of how a badly compromised brain could construct and remember such an elaborate scenario, or why NDEs have common features that cross cultural lines.

OTOH, I think Dr. Calvi-Parisetti makes a mistake in allowing himself to get emotionally caught up in the argument, complaining that he is being crucified, etc. It is always best to keep one's cool - though sometimes easier said than done.

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