UK Television Documentary: The Day I Died

"The Day I Died" - BBC2, Wednesday, February 5 at 9pm to 10pm.

Narrated by Tom Wilkinson
Director Kate Broome
Executive producer Julia Simmons

New clinical research is daring to suggest the impossible, that near-death experiences (NDEs) are evidence that the mind can live on after the brain has stopped functioning.

This documentary explores the theory that near-death experiences actually come from beyond the brain.

It features in-depth case studies of near-death experiences, including a dramatic veridical out-of-body experience, interpretations of NDEs from the perspective of both skeptics and "believers”, and interviews with scientists who have studied the NDE phenomenon. Among these scientists are Dr Sam Parnia, Dr Peter Fenwick, Pim Van Lommel, and Bruce Greyson.

The programme also documents the now famous Pam Reynolds case. Reynolds (real name Pam Reynolds Lowery) (below) underwent an operation to correct a weak point in the wall of a blood vessel in her brain. For over an hour she was clinically dead; her temperature was lowered to 60 degrees, her heartbeat and brain activity were stopped and her blood was circulated through a machine. There was no way that she could see or hear anything as her eyes were taped shut and her ears plugged.

During her ‘brain dead’ period she reported seeing, hearing and being aware what was going on in the operating theatre as if she had been sitting on the shoulder of the doctor. What she described turned out to remarkably detailed out-of-body observations of her surgery which were later verified.

Blackmore does her usual routine denying that consciousness is anything other than a product of the brain and speaks about the dying brain and memories, but she fails to explain how the Pam and Vicki experiences occurred.

February, 2003:
At last a balance is beginning to creep in on mainstream television.

On 5th February two British scientists - Dr. Sam Parnia and Dr. Peter Fenwick - had the courage to go against orthodox scientific teaching that starts from the base that the mind dies with the brain. They have made a thorough study of near-death experiences that give evidence that there are people operating in the invisible part of the universe. However, so far no qualified scientist in the United Kingdom has dared to back up this evidence with the crushing scientific proof of survival.

So far, the public has only had access to the thoughts of "experts", so-called sceptics, who can be relied upon to tear into the pioneers of subatomic physics who actually proved we all survive the death of our physical bodies.

Continuing to allow this one-sided assault on great scientists, whose only "crime" was to tell the truth, is beyond the pale.

In future why not give the public a true balance on all television programmes about life after death?

Give the people a choice between the religious approach to the subject and the secular arguments for survival?

Update March, 2014:
Since this documentary was broadcast in February, 2003, the BBC has refused to broadcast a repeat, and has also prevented it from being distributed commercially on DVD. (A recording is currently being offered by IANDS in the USA only, but for about $170.)

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