How the U.S. Air Force Induced Out-Of-Body Experiences
Some of the most interesting studies intonear death and out of body experiences wererun by the Air Force, right. As airplanesgot faster and faster and faster over thepast 20 years, right, pilots kept flying themselvesinto GILOC, gravity induced loss of consciousness,right. And they kept crashing. So a guy namedJames Winnery was a guy kind of charged withsolving this problem. And what he did downin Texas he spun like 1,000 pilots in a giantcentrifuge into GILOC, right. And as he wasdoing it he noticed something interesting. GILOC means you pass out and if you’ve experiencedit what actually happens is your vision formsinto a tunnel. It looks like – if you’rewatching it it looks like an old televisionset turning off where it goes down into onepoint and then disappears, right. So it looksexperientially a lot like you’re walkingdown a long dark tunnel which is kind of oneof the classic near death experience phenomena. What he discovered along the way is that ashe started spinning people towards GILOC kindof the longer he spun them people startedreporting out of body experiences. And after they were out of their body if hekept spinning them it would turn into a neardeath experience, right. So he’s the person– the U. S. Air Force is the person – theU. S. Air Force discovered that out of bodyexperiences and near death experiences areactually on the same continuum. They’repart of the same chain of effect. Now a lotof it has to do with the right temporal lobe. There’s other things going on as well. Andthere are, of course, certain mysteries, right. There are unsolved things and near death experienceswe’ve got lots and lots and lots of researchthat shows people report things when theywere supposedly dead that they should nothave known about at all. So there are peoplewho died on operating tables, right in researchstudies came back, were brought back. Theyhad near death experiences and while theywere dead the nurse would take their glassesoff and put them in a drawer. And later wheneverybody was running around looking aroundfor their glasses the person who was on theoperating table at the time, the patient,was dead at the time said oh yeah, they’rein the bottom drawer over there. This is Pimvan Lommel study that was actually done inthe Netherlands. This is where that actuallyhappened but there’s lots and lots of experienceslike that. So somewhere along the line informationis getting through, right. We don’t knowthat yet. That’s still the mystery but alot of the other stuff we understand the biologybehind it now.