A new study using text mining – browsing through a plethora of text data – using artificial intelligence (AI) has found death to be a positive experience. The research from Western University and University of Liège, Belgium, found quantitate proof that most people respond positively to near death experiences (NDEs).
NDEs are when a person come close to death, and believes they experience ‘life after death’.
This can include visions of a religious figure or a deceased person, and even out of body perceptions.
After an NDE, people tend to have a decline in a fear of death and less interest in material functions.
They also tend to be less competitive and less interested in their personal status.
The new research’s approach to data provides an unbiased approach to understanding human consciousness following NDEs, where as previous studies have been subjective, focussing on an individual’s experience.
According to the innovative research, which looked for key words in written experiences of death, analysed 158 texts.
Positive words such as “light” which appeared 67 percent of the time, and “well” (65 percent) – the two most common experiences found in the study – appear far more frequently than words like “dead” (18 percent) and black (19 percent).
A statement from Western University said: “This is important as it suggests that individuals are not relating to their NDEs negatively.”
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.