After | An In-Depth Interview with Bruce Greyson

After | An In-Depth Interview with Bruce Greyson

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Dr Bruce Greyson is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of Near-Death Studies. He was a co-founder and President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies.

His research over the past four decades has focused on near-death experiences, particularly their after-effects and implications.

In this interview he talks about his experiences and the insights he gained from his work. He also talks about his book “After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond”.

00:02:45 What triggered your interest in near-death experiences?
00:07:27 An overview about the last 40 years of research and work and the most important results
00:09:14 What profound effects have near-death experiences on people?
00:11:34 What are the cultural differences in NDEs between United States and Europe, or Asia or even early civilizations and cultures?
00:13:44 How difficult did you find it to overcome, the resistance or the lack of interest in the scientific fellow scientists, the medical world, or the public at large?
00:15:09 How difficult is it to get proof that observations of experiences, their perceptions, are actually accurate?
00:18:38 Putting up signs somewhere on the shelf so that the person in their out of body state could see the sign didn’t go so well
00:20:37 About meeting diseased people who they couldn’t have known that they had died
00:23:39 About the theories of how we explain near-death experiences
00:27:06 Is it true that some of the near-death experiences have happened during a state where it was fairly certain or sure that the brain couldn’t have generated these experiences through normal means?
00:29:13 Dr. Eben Alexander’s case
00:33:16 Is the mind or the consciousness – the soul – separate from the physical brain?
00:37:20 What can the research in near-death experience tell us about perhaps our hopes or questions whether we actually survive physical death?
00:38:56 Suicide and fear of death
00:40:10 Have we accumulated enough knowledge to conclude actually that consciousness does survive physical death?
00:42:36 What personal worldview have you derived at? Do you believe in life after death, or how do you see it?
00:43:20 What are the most important open questions in this field of near-death research?
00:46:07 What kind of challenges do near-death experiencers face?

Interview: Jens Rohrbeck
Editor: Werner Huemer

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  1. Mr Rohrbeck, I really enjoy your interviews. While you give your guests all the space they need, you still show a great deal of genuine interest for the topic and ask all the good questions. Thank you so much for this fantastic content and for being such a good interviewer.

  2. Some small points. There are always numerous studies cited, but the actual details of the study are never published. If they are, there are as many detractors of the studies as there are supporters. There are always stories; stories about John the 55 year old lorry driver, Sue the 32 year old nurse; Mary the mother of two. Again, they are just stories. Why do they never publish full details about these people. Why would these people object? Surely, if they have had such a wonderful experience they would be happy to share this with everyone. Lastly, every time I watch a video like this; NDE, spiritualism, conspiracy theory; the usual stuff, at the end of the video I know as little about the subject as I did at the start. No matter how long the talk. I guess the answer is in what the good doctor says near the start of the video. He has been studying NDE's for 50 years, and he is still in the dark. Something obviously happens to these people, but are we not being carried away by a surfeit of imagination?

  3. I had an out of body experience and it was also very profound. It's the 1 thing that keeps pulling me back to believing in an after life. There's just no way I would have known things about myself without the OBE

  4. Important message for nde researcher – maybe u all not yet notice that even majority of nde is experiencing pleasant experience, but don't forget nde case study just cover around 5% , that mean the other 95% have possibility experiencing unpleasant experience, that why we need do a good conduct in this life.

  5. 13:30 "Black Void…quite frightening for most Westerners".

    That's not what I have found.

    All of the NDE Experiencer videos that I have seen (of Westerners) who ended up in the Black Void, said that they would be Happy there Forever.

    So, I'm surprised by his assertion.

  6. The Doctor’s explanation of how the brain maybe is simply a filtering necessaries for survival only made a lot of sense and most logical to date. To answer if they can survive after death? Yes, I have seen it personally back in Vietnam. The lady was dead from electrocution and in the casket for 3 days at home during her funeral progress. She woke up and beat on the casket cap just before her family to move her to the cemetery for burial.

  7. I truly love this man. His work is remarkable and its importance can't be overstated. It's pioneering stuff, and it's where it all changes. Slowly, but steadily material/physicalism is proven wrong. It is, without the shadow of a doubt, obsolete. When the majority of the scientific community decides to allow more spirituality into their daily lives, it will be able use the knowledge; the wisdom, the insights, experiences and intuitions they will get from spirituality to advance scientific research and reach heights we had not even conceived. Thank you Bruce, and thanks to your colleagues and collaborators. Peace

  8. Thought provoking responses from Dr. Greyson. This is such a fascinating subject. I keep coming back to Kant and Hegel again and again listening to this type of interview and the interviews of those who had an NDE.

  9. Buenos dias, he leido el libro del Dr. Bruce Greyson en español Despues de la muerte, y me parece una persona tan agradable, confiable y llena de esperanzas conviviendo en un mundo tan convulcionado y difícil de creer y confiar, que genera a través de su majestuosa forma de investigacion, mucha confianza y muchos deseos de seguir investigando, la verdad que hablo y leo un poco en ingles pero me gustaria saber cuando se va a traducir el libro After en español, ya que muchas personas en este lado de sudamerica asi lo esperamos. Vengo investigando muchísimo sobre las ECM desde la Dra Elizabet Kubler Roos, Rymond Moody, Pim van Lomen y hoy tan entusiasmado descubriendo al Dr. Bruce Greyson, que como dije me parece extraordinaria su manera de explicacion y su inmensa vocacion medica. Muchisimas gracias Thanatos TV por el gran trabajo que desempeñan en cada entrevista ya que impulsan muchos deseos de seguirlos en cada programa que ponen en escena. Desde Argentina muchisimas gracias.

  10. This shows science and spirituality can Co exist. I had an out of body experience when I was a child during heart surgery. I remember having 360 degree vision and I saw my body and knew it was my body. I saw everyone around me all at the same time. I floated to the ceiling and looked down. Then it ended. However when I woke up, the first thing I said to my mother was " why did they put me on the ceiling to do the operation". I was 8 years old and was born with congenital heart disease.

    I think the verifiable aspects of the near death experience proves that mind and Brain is very different and this will in the end, have huge implications for all of mankind. I know for a fact death isn't the end.

  11. it could be that we are super imposing our feelings or expectations. but i actually think it may be god's way of talking to us. it is gonna make a lot more sense to be talking to a loved one in a way that makes them recognizable, as opposed to how we might actually exist in heaven. it may also be possible that we could not possibly understand the actual existence until and unless we get there, permanently.

  12. I really like this man, and he appears to be a very honest & sincere individual. And I suspect or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that I hope, that he believes more than he’s letting on, but I also suspect I know why he’s not revealing his entire conclusion, and for a number of reasons that I won’t mention. But I also don’t see how it’s possible that he doesn’t see the connection that’s rather obvious. And I also think he’s in a rather awkward and yet serious situation, that he eventually will have to make a decision if he hasn’t already. and I think it’s in Hebrews 12 that in effect is saying, how do we ignore such a great salvation when we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.

  13. Dr. Greyson has amazing energy and mindset. Love this. Thank you for your work in this field. I’m still trying to find my place in the professional world, but this is inspiring me to consider the psychology field as my path.

  14. I find it so interesting that people from different cultures have different interpretations of the same experience even on the spiritual level. Also the radio station analogy really helps me understand the theory that the brain is the filter of the mind. Fascinating interview! Thank you both!