This course builds on philosophical and medical theories regarding the relationship of the human brain and consciousness. These positions often reduce to materialism (brain creates consciousness), idealism (consciousness structures brain), or dualism (brain and consciousness are independent but work together or, at times, separately).
Though traditional brain science usually gravitates toward the first position of materialism, recent medical research on near death experiences finds that many patients recount leaving their body, watching resuscitation, traveling to a psychic place where they meet a Being of Light or deceased relatives who recognize them and communicate, before returning to a revived body. Such persons regularly perceive accurately even though their eyes are closed and their brain waves are flat; sometimes they discover persons on the other side not known to be dead. Sometimes they accurately perceive actions in locations not otherwise visible.
The critique of these experiences is that they are hallucinations caused by shortage of oxygen, but the consistency of these experiences and their verifiability, plus "shared" experiences of healthy persons, suggest, instead, that consciousness uses the brain like a radio uses radio waves (i.e., transmitter, not creator) and that consciousness can function even when the brain/body ceases.