How wonderful to think rats might be finding a safe place, so to speak.
Jan Cox spoke of such experiences, in people of course, as something we did not NEED to wait for death, to experience.
The interesting thing about the reports though, are that the scientists are treating this as some kind of explanatory refutation of the reports so common in the literature, of NDE experiences.
Quoting the article, [Scientists] measured a sharp increase in high-frequency brainwaves called gamma oscillations.
These pulses are one of the neuronal features that are thought to underpin consciousness in humans, especially when they help to "link" information from different parts of the brain. In the rats, these electrical pulses were found at even higher levels just after the cardiac arrest than when animals were awake and well.
The curator of this link wrote:
Guess there's no tunnel then?
Your whole life is this electrical activity. There's no tunnel the way there is no mental constructs beyond the physical in human life in general. These findings in no way diminish the cognitive content of such electrical brain activity. Whatever that cognitive content may be, and I do not know how that works.
But it is lovely to think that other animals have something akin. Unless we follow the path laid out by a real teacher, or somehow accept the challenge to explore such possibilities on our own, -- and I am not sure how realistic that is, not having a teacher -- our own options will be --- ordinary.