Part of my ongoing academic study of Spiritual Metaphysics is to keep an eye on the development of neuroscience and discoveries in this area. I am working from the hypothesis that human subjective experience is not an ‘error’ – and that it has a vital (and as of yet not fully understood) interface with the observations of objective science. We are currently inhabiting a phase of human preference that assumes that knowledge-gathering can only be legitimate if all subjective experience is excluded from it. It is as if this phase must be successfully ‘passed through’ until human-beings – as a species – can become clear on what exactly ‘objective’ knowledge is, before subjective knowledge is understood as being relevant within its proper context. There is a paradox, of course, in as much as the apparent ‘intolerance’ of those who prefer ‘objectivity’ over ‘subjectivity’ – has the tendency of wiping out subjective science. This leads to the situation where those following ‘Subjective’ modes of being feel as if they are living in a ‘state of siege’ and withdraw into exclusive groups, etc. I am sure it will all work itself out. Objective science is slowly (and carefully) working its way through the unravelling of the mysteries of the brain. As the brain is complex – this is not an easy task. The article above produces evidence that part of the deep-brain continues to function up to an hour after physical death. If correct, this is an important objective observation. From the medical point of view (i.e. objective medical knowledge), there are at least four types of ‘death:
1) Apparent death: a state in which breathing and functions of the heart cease.
2) Cellular death: certain and imminent death.
3) Somatic death: irreparable loss of cognitive potency which is in fact the same as Brain death. (The article above, suggests this type of ‘death’ needs to be redefined and updated).
4) Instant death: roughly instantaneous deterioration of the entire cells.
From the view of forensics, the manner of death is divided into two groups – that is natural death and unnatural death. The latter includes committing suicide, killing and accidents, etc.