There is a fascinating series on the Biography Channel, I Survived - Beyond and Back, which depicts people, who have had near-death experiences. They describe their experiences, often in extremely up-lifting, inspiring and humorous ways.
Near-death experiences are often discounted as hallucinations, created by the death of the brain. However, such a "dying brain theory" fails to explain how people, who have had near-death experiences, are able to describe events, which would be impossible for them to have witnessed, except for having consciousness beyond their physical - and clinically lifeless bodies.
The "dying brain theory" is not the only scientific view of the near-death experience. There is research, which explores the accounts of near-death experiences, and finds them credible reports of actual experiences - not hallucinations.
The series, I Survived - Beyond and Back, includes the account of a neurosurgeon, who "died" from bacterial meningitis. He was clinically "brain dead", and was on life support. His physicians were within 24 hours of taking him off life support, when he recovered, rapidly and completely. He commented that the "dying brain theory" simply does not account for what he experienced.
If you have not watched the Biography Channel's series, I Survived - Beyond and Back, I highly recommend it. I do not think so many people are lying. Nor do I think they are deluded. For my own part, I believe these people experienced what they say they experienced, and it has affected how I think about death - and life.
What do you think about near death experiences?