Robert George Mays

Robert George Mays
International Association for Near-Death Studies | IANDS

B.Sc.

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Introduction
Robert G. Mays currently works at International Association for Near-Death Studies. Robert and his wife Suzanne do research in near-death experiences and their implications for understanding consciousness, neurological phenomena and the nature of reality. Their current project is a paper detailing their 'mind-entity' hypothesis. They presented a paper on "Near-Death Experience Evidence and the Next Steps in Mind-Brain Research" at the 2022 IANDS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Additional affiliations
June 2020 - present
International Association for Near-Death Studies
International Association for Near-Death Studies
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Treasurer, Executive Committee
May 2009 - February 2018
International Association for Near-Death Studies
International Association for Near-Death Studies
Position
  • Managing Director
March 2009 - January 2022
International Association for Near-Death Studies
International Association for Near-Death Studies
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  • Academic & Research Committee
Education
September 1963 - May 1968

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Publications (43)
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The phenomenon of a near-death experiencer's veridical perceptions during the out-of-body experience (OBE) strongly suggests the existence of a self-conscious mind as a ''field of consciousness,'' a region of space where a person's consciousness exists. In the out-of-body state, the mind appears to be nonmaterial and completely independent of the p...
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A recent comparison of near-death experiences (NDEs) occurring with life-threatening events leading to coma to “NDE-like” experiences occurring with non-life-threatening events showed no significant difference in intensity or content between the two experiences, suggesting that neither the apparent proximity to death nor the specific physiological...
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Evidence from near-death experiences (NDEs) demonstrates that the essential, nonmaterial aspect of a human being (the person’s mind entity) separates from the physical body in an NDE and operates independent of the brain and physical body. Evidence from shared death experiences (SDEs) demonstrates that in the process of physical death, as witnessed...
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Near-death experiences (NDEs) provide strong evidence that the nonmaterial mind is a separate entity that interfaces with the brain in ordinary consciousness—a view that requires a radical shift in neuroscience. Prior scientific revolutions gained acceptance by proposing a new conceptual framework that explained the anomalies of the field. We belie...
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The AWARE study (AWAreness during REsuscitation) is a multi-hospital clinical study of the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest, including testing the validity of perceptions during the out-of-body part of near-death experiences (NDEs). Dr. Sam Parnia is the principal investigator. The initial results, from the first four years of the stud...
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In this talk, we present evidence from NDEs and other death-related phenomena, that the mind is individuated and localized, when out of body in both the physical realm and in the transcendent realm. Evidence of individuation extends with continuity through the entire human lifespan: during pre-birth planning, conception and birth, one’s earthly lif...
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Evidence from near-death experiences (NDEs) demonstrates that the essential, nonmaterial aspect of a human being (the person’s mind entity) separates from the physical body in an NDE and operates independent of the brain and physical body. Evidence from shared death experiences (SDEs) demonstrates that in the process of physical death, as witnessed...
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Near-death experiences (NDEs) provide five main areas of evidence that there is no death. First, NDE evidence of veridical perceptions in the physical realm during cardiac arrest or coma imply that the mind separates from the physical body and operates independent of it. In addition, apparitional NDEs show that the mind is an objectively real entit...
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An expanded scale, the Near-Death Experience Content (NDE-C) scale, has been developed by Charlotte Martial and colleagues (2020) to assess near-death experiences (NDEs). The scale was modeled after the existing NDE Scale (Greyson, 1983), using reworded scale items, and added five additional items, notably items about a gateway or tunnel and a feel...
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Because the Near-Death Experience Scale (NDE Scale; Greyson, 1983) has been so widely used in NDE research, a recent article by Charlotte Martial and her colleagues (2020) is likely of significant interest to researchers in the field of near-death studies. In the article, the authors described a three-phase strategy that the Coma Science Group of t...
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NDEs provide evidence of the nonmaterial mind (psyche) and a transcendent aspect of reality. The mind entity is usually united with the physical body but can separate from the body and exist independently during an NDE. NDErs report unusual perceptual abilities which imply there is an extra spatial dimension to reality. NDE life reviews and life pr...
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Near-death experiences (NDEs) frequently give indications that time during the experience is suspended, that the transcendent realm is actually “timeless” and that the events of the NDE seem to occur all at once. Two key elements in many NDEs relating to time are a life review (a panoramic presentation of the events of the NDEr’s life) and a life p...
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Detailed description of the book The Self Does Not Die by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit. The contents of the book are reviewed in depth and the main arguments for survival of physical death are presented, based on the evidence from near-death experiences.
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Based on evidence from NDEs, we present two major hypotheses: (1) the Mind-Entity Hypothesis, that the mind is an autonomous nonmaterial aspect of a person that separates from the physical body during an NDE; and (2) the Transcendent Realm Hypothesis, that (a) reality consists of the physical realm plus a more fundamental "transcendent realm" which...
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Near-death experiences (NDEs) imply that there is a transmaterial, transcendent aspect to human beings. Near-death experiencers (NDErs) report (1) hyperreal experiences of both the physical realm and a transcendent realm, (2) obtaining veridical information ordinarily impossible through physical senses, (3) encounters with deceased persons and spir...
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Near-death experiences (NDEs) imply that there is a transmaterial, transcendent aspect to human beings. NDErs report hyperreal experiences of both the physical realm and a transcendent realm. In both realms, NDErs report obtaining veridical information that would be impossible through ordinary physical senses and report encounters with deceased per...
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In "Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife," authors John Martin Fischer and Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (2016) argued for purely physicalist explanations of near-death experiences (NDEs) and against "supernatural" explanations involving objects and events—out-of-body experiences, heavenly realms, meeting deceased relatives—tha...
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The phenomenology of near-death experiences (NDEs) strongly suggests the existence of a separate, autonomous mind or psyche. In an NDE, the mind exists and operates independent of the physical brain and body, having (1) a sense of separation from the body, with freedom from pain and disabilities; (2) lucid thought processes and hyperreal perception...
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The phenomenology of near-death experiences (NDEs) strongly suggests the existence of a separate, autonomous mind or psyche. In an NDE, the mind exists and operates independent of the physical brain and body, having (1) a sense of separation from the body, with freedom from pain and disabilities; (2) lucid thought processes and hyperreal perception...
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Evidence from numerous "death-related anomalous experiences" (DR-AEs), such as near-death experiences, after-death communications, cases of reincarnation, and mediumship experiences, strongly suggests that consciousness is fundamentally nonphysical. Based on this evidence, a number of researchers, including cardiologist Pim van Lommel and anesthesi...
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In Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife, authors John Martin Fischer and Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (2016) argued for purely physicalist explanations of near-death experiences (NDEs) and against “supernatural” explanations involving objects and events— out-of-body experiences, heavenly realms, meeting deceased relatives— tha...
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Near-death experiencers (NDErs) report that the memory of their NDE is more vivid and lucid than ordinary memories. Two recent analyses of NDE memories showed that they have significantly more characteristics, like visual details, memory clarity, self-referential information (being involved in the event) and emotional content than both memories of...
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Excerpt: In compiling and organizing these veridical paranormal cases, the authors of this book have made possible analyses such as those described in the preceding section of this foreword. The juxtaposition of similar cases permits a detailed analysis that is often necessary to find the common elements among them and to make valid generalizations...
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In July, 2013, journalist Luke Dittrich wrote an article in Esquire magazine critical of neurosurgeon Eben Alexander's 2012 book Proof of Heaven. Dittrich cited several malpractice lawsuits against Alexander, in one of which Alexander allegedly had altered medical records to cover his errors. Dittrich made this allegation his theme for critiquing t...
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A recent comparison of near-death experiences (NDEs) occurring with life-threatening events leading to coma to “NDE-like” experiences occurring with non-life-threatening events showed no significant difference in intensity or content between the two experiences, suggesting that neither the apparent proximity to death nor the specific physiological...
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Investigation of apparently non-physical veridical perceptions (AVPs) during NDEs has been the subject of much experimental and phenomenological research since 1988. Jan Holden’s study (2006/2009) showed that over 90% of cases of AVPs from NDE literature were completely accurate. The multi-hospital AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study of ND...
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Near-death experiences (NDEs) and shared-death experiences (SDEs) provide several lines of evidence that suggest that consciousness separates from the brain and body during these experiences. The mind-entity hypothesis proposes that the “mind” is an objective, autonomous entity that can separate from and operate independent of the brain. When unite...
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Luke Dittrich, contributing editor at Esquire, wrote an article critical of Dr. Eben Alexander's book Proof of Heaven. Dittrich cited several malpractice lawsuits against Dr. Alexander, in some of which the allegation was that Alexander had altered medical records to cover his errors. Dittrich makes this his theme for critiquing the story of Alexan...
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NDE research can make progress by examining the “transcendent” content of NDEs. Four key anchor points in NDEs convey veridical information: (1) perceptions of the earthly realm, (2) communications from apparently deceased persons, (3) presentations during the life review, and (4) precognitive visions that are later proven correct. The veridical ch...
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We propose that the "mind" is an energetic, spatially extended, nonmaterial entity that is united with the brain and body. The mind is a separate entity having the character of a structured energy field, which can interact with physical processes including brain neurons. The nonmaterial mind is also the seat of conscious experience. The mind intera...
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Lakhmir Chawla and colleagues (2009) reported that patients who were at end of life and had life support withdrawn – that is, no medications, IV infusions, or machine ventilation – exhibited a surge of electroencephalographic (EEG) activity just prior to complete arrest of blood flow and death. The researchers speculated that a similar surge of ele...
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This presentation outlines the historical development of near-death experience (NDE) research from pre-1975 through Moody, Ring, Greyson, Sabom, the founding of IANDS, Atwater, Grey, Gibson, Fenwick, Morse, Sutherland, and so on. It also lists some of the notable NDE accounts through 2011, such as Ritchie, Rodonaia, Benedict, Eadie, Brinkley, Storm...
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The human being consists of (1) an energetic, spatially extended, non-material “mind” that is united with (2) a material brain and body. The mind is the seat of conscious experience: 1. All cognitive faculties reside in the non-material mind entity, but ordinarily need neural activity for conscious awareness, 2. Consciousness requires sufficient el...
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Sam Parnia (2008a) recently announced the AWARE study (AWAreness during REsuscitation) which will be conducted by the Human Consciousness Project SM , an international multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and physicians to study the relationship between the mind and the brain during clinical death. The researchers will examine prospectivel...
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Most improvements in software development technology have occurred by eliminating the accidental aspects of the technology. Further progress now depends on addressing the essence of software. Fred Brooks has characterized the essence of software as a complex construct of interlocking concepts. He concludes that no silver bullet will magically reduc...
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A description is given of the defect prevention process. It consists of causal analysis meetings to identify the root causes of errors and suggest preventive actions, an action team that implements the preventive actions, stage kickoff meetings to provide feedback to developers at each stage of the development cycle, and data collection and trackin...
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Defect Prevention is the process of improving quality and productivity by preventing the injection of defects into a product. It consists of four elements integrated into the development process: (1) causal analysis meetings to identify the root cause of defects and suggest preventive actions; (2) an action team to implement the preventive actions;...
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Traditional requirements processes often do not address the many problems encountered in the development of software products. Conventional processes begin with the structural definition of the proposed system, under the assumption that the raw requirements are understood. How this understanding is developed is not formally addressed. The IBM softw...
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The ASIS file management system exercise was completed using three available general purpose systems, interfaced with specific PL/I programs. The three general purpose systems were (1) permuted index system; (2) index N system; and (3) information grouping logic text search system (IGL).
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Chemistry. Thesis. 1968. B.S. Includes bibliographical references.

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In our hypothesis, the nonmaterial mind interfaces with the brain during N100 theta desynchronization (reduced electrical activity) in the medial prefrontal cortex (and probably elsewhere). This is followed by a strong positive P200 or P300 where the mind's activity comes to conscious awareness. This model seems to apply well to (1) rapid visual categorization (Thorpe et al.), (2) working memory maintenance (Klimesch, Scheeringa and others), (3) error detection (Luu et al.), (4) mental arithmetic, and other cognitive phenomena. This idea also appears to be consonant with measurements of theta during the recall of NDE memories (Palmieri et al.)