The Self-Conscious Mind
(updated 10/23/17 --» What's
Recent interviews, news articles
NDE Radio interview (Lee Witting) on
the mind-entity hypothesis and the neural correlates of consciousness, 10/23/17
IANDS Conference presentation: NDEs and the Neural Correlates of
2017 (video, 58 min).
IANDS Conference presentation: Unraveling the Mystery of Memory,
2016 (video, 55 min).
- Strongly recommended: The
Self Does Not Die:
Verified paranormal phenomena from near-death experiences,
by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit. Foreword to this
edition by Robert and Suzanne Mays -- July 2016.
- IANDS NDE Radio
interview (Lee Witting) on
our research on
non-physical causation of NDEs and how mind and brain work,
2/8/16 (30 min).
- 2015 Journal of Near-Death Studies paper
Explaining Near-Death Experiences: Physical
or Non-physical Causation?, 11/30/15
IANDS Conference presentation The Importance of Veridical Perceptions and
Veridical Information in NDEs, 9/3/15
Nature of the
Near Death Experience, featuring IANDS,
a presentation on NDEs, featuring an overview of NDEs by Robert,
accounts by NDErs Yvonne, Maddy and Martina and a lively Q&A.
At the Rhine
Center, 4/11/14 (110 min)
interview about Robert's rebuttal of the Esquire article
Alexander, 8/27/13 (54 min).
Earlier news articles:
at the 2016
Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies Conference: NDEs and the Mystery of Memory,
2016 (slides and audio, 61 min).
- IANDS NDE Radio interview
on veridical perceptions in NDEs and the current IANDS project to translate an
important NDE research book on veridical perceptions for
English-speaking audiences, 5/11/15 (30 min).
- Balanced NDE article in The Atlantic
mentions our work, based on our presentations at the 2014 IANDS
Washington story on the Science Behind Near-Death Experiences
with a short interview of Robert, 2/5/15 (4 min)
- Epoch Times
MacIsaac wrote several
articles on the 2014
IANDS Conference including
three Suzanne and Robert participated in: Next
Steps in Near-Death Experiences Research, The
Neuroscience of Near-Death Experiences, and Do
Alzheimer's & Dementia Prove the Soul Doesn't Exist?,
NDE Radio interview on the interrelationship
of the mind and the brain, 12/9/13 (30 min).
- WBAI-FM interview
about the symposium on NDEs at the New
Center on 11/23/13 (35 min). Read related
Near-Death Experiences Tell Us.
mentions our research: in part 3 and part 4 of the 5-part article by
Stephanie Lam (September - October 2011).
web site is dedicated to explaining and discussing our ideas on the self-conscious mind.
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
- The mind is a “field
consciousness”, that is, a
structured, energetic region of space.
- The mind is non-material
not consist of material atoms or particles) but has extension and
location in space..
- The field of the mind can interact with physical
- 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
The human being is the integration or union of a self-conscious mind
with a physical body
the missing limb
beyond the body, with
Phantom limbs are exposed “mind limbs” extending beyond the physical
exhibit subtle interactions
with objects and other persons
more information, please read our Introduction. We invite
you to read through our ideas
be pleased to hear any comments
you may have about them.
and Suzanne Mays
- The Introduction
consists of a short
introduction to the ideas we have developed about the
self-conscious mind through our research
- The Research
Papers page lists the abstracts
of our research papers and includes links to the
full text of the papers
- The Other
Writings page lists our additional
with links to the full text
- Research on
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
of George Ritchie's
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
- Verification of other reports of
veridical perceptions during NDE OBE
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!
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
monitor), (2) sound (like hearing lights humming, monitors
beeping), (3) smells or tastes, (4) touch
(like sensations when passing through a physical object), (5)
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
with their eyes and ears), or (8) anything resembling these kinds of
- 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.
Group for the subject of the Self-Conscious Mind
at our email