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The Self-Conscious Mind
(updated 04/02/14 --» What's new)

Recent interviews

Physical interaction in NDE explains NDE aftereffects IANDS 2011 Conference (4 parts, 58 min).

The Future of NDE and Consciousness Research  IANDS 2012 Conference (62 min).

The slides for the presentation are here. The formal paper for this presentation is here.

The slides for the presentation are here.

News articles:  (1) The Durham Herald-Sun reports on our research here. (2) The Epoch Times mentions our research: in part 3 and part 4 of the 5-part article by Stephanie Lam.

Welcome! This web site is dedicated to explaining and discussing our ideas on the self-conscious mind.  Briefly, we propose that: 

  • 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 a “field of consciousness”, that is, a structured, energetic region of space.
  • The mind is non-material (does not consist of material atoms or particles) but has extension and location in space..
  • The field of the mind can interact with physical processes
  • The mind is united and co-extensive with the brain and body and interacts directly with brain neurons. 
  • The basic evidence for this proposal derives from near-death experience (NDE) phenomena and various neurological phenomena especially phantom limbs.
NDE phenomena
NDE process

The human being is the integration or union of a self-conscious mind with a physical body



Phantom limb phenomena
Person with left arm amputation Person with sensations of phantom limb
Forearm amputation
without sensations of the missing limb
Phantom  "mind limb"
extending beyond the body, with sensations

Phantom limbs are exposed “mind limbs” extending beyond the physical body
which exhibit subtle interactions
with objects and other persons

For more information, please read our Introduction. We invite you to read through our ideas and would be pleased to hear any comments you may have about them. 

Robert and Suzanne Mays


Web site contents
  • The Introduction consists of a short introduction to the ideas we have developed about the self-conscious mind through our research
  • The Other Writings page lists our additional writings with links to the full text
  • Our different research projects include:
    • Research on phantom limbs which explores the idea that a phantom limb could have the same properties as the self-conscious mind: an objective spatial reality, that has a subtle interaction with physical objects and a subtle interaction with another person's body
    • Verification of George Ritchie's report of the out-of-body experience (OBE) portion of his near-death experience (NDE), including locating the all-night cafe in Vicksburg and the hospital ward building at Camp Barkeley near Abilene
    • Collecting cases of apparent physical interaction during NDE OBE: reports of interactions with physical processes and objects, including interactions with another person's body and "merging" with another person
    • Verification of other reports of veridical perceptions during NDE OBE
  • Research requests: we are seeking two types of cases that will assist our research. If you have had any of these sorts of experiences or sensations, please contact us!
    • NDE cases that involve physical interactions during the OBE phase of the NDE. Interactions might include (1) light (like seeing a light bulb or readout from a medical monitor), (2) sound (like hearing lights humming, monitors beeping), (3) smells or tastes, (4) touch (like sensations when passing through a physical object), (5) the body of another person (like sensations in touching or passing through a person), (6) the body of another person where your touch appeared to be "felt" (when touching the person, the person “felt” it in some way), (7) "merging" with another person (where you could see and hear with their eyes and ears), or (8) anything resembling these kinds of interactions
    • Phantom limb cases involving (1) sensing the touch of another person, including massage over your phantom limb, (2) being able to feel an object when you touch it with your phantom, (3) touching another person with your phantom which they can feel, (4) relief of phantom limb pain due to Therapeutic Touch or other type of energetic work on your phantom, or (5) seeing your phantom limb as a faint glow.

Comments are welcome!

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