Death of a gedanken creature

1995 Journal of Near-Death Studies  
This paper describes a thought experiment in which a hypo thetical creature created by a computer program inhabits a simple universe consisting of itself, food, and predators. As this creature "dies" it "internally" experiences these environmental features independent of their actual pres ence. More evolved hypothetical creatures generate novel forms of "inner" experience as they "die." Applying these results to humans suggests an "in ternal" genesis of near-death experiences.
doi:10.17514/jnds-1995-13-3-p149-166. fatcat:o7l7qvq6dnecrpqtn6fiofishi