Pim van Lommel

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Pim van Lommel (born 15 March 1943) is a Dutch cardiologist and scientist.


Van Lommel is best known for his scientific work on the subjects of near-death experiences and consciousness, including a prospective study published in the medical journal The Lancet.[1] He gained public attention as the author of the 2007 Dutch bestseller titled: Eindeloos Bewustzijn: een wetenschappelijke visie op de Bijna-Dood Ervaring[2] (English: Endless Consciousness: A scientific approach to the near-death experience), which has been translated to German, English, French and Spanish. The English translation is titled: Consciousness Beyond Life, The Science of the Near-Death Experience (Harper Collins, 2010).

In his book Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience, he postulates a model where consciousness is beyond neurological activities of the brain. He suggests that the brain is merely a terminal for accessing consciousness which is nonlocal (i.e. situated outside the physical body). In this model the brain is analogous to a computer terminal accessing a mainframe or the internet. He further hypothesizes that noncoding DNA and quantum mechanics could make such nonlocal access possible and this model could supposedly explain how near-death experiences could be experienced and remembered by people whose brain showed no activity on eeg.[3]

Van Lommel studied medicine at Utrecht University, specializing in cardiology. He worked as a cardiologist at the Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, for 26 years (1977-2003).


In another Dutch bestseller titled We zijn ons brein (We are our brain), neurobiologist Dick Swaab praises Van Lommel's research for mapping patients experiences and opening up the subject of Near-Death Experiences (NDE's) to the medical world. But he also indicates that Van Lommel's book ignores (Nobel Prize winning) scientific knowledge including some conclusions from his own research. He does not refute neurobiological explanations, gives no scientific basis for his statements and borrows concepts from quantum physics without ground.


  1. ^ van Lommel P, van Wees R, Meyers V, Elfferich I. (2001) "Near-Death Experience in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest: A prospective Study in the Netherlands", The Lancet, 358(9298):2039–45, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(01)07100-8.
  2. ^ van Lommel, Pim. Eindeloos bewustzijn: Een Wetenschappelijke Visie Op De Bijna-Doodervaring. Ten Have. ISBN 9789025957780. 
  3. ^ van Lommel, Pim. Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0061777264. 

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