The inability to identify any physical location of memory in the brain is one of the greatest clues that materialism is a failed worldview.
The idea that memories are stored in the brain is so ingrained in our culture that it seems to have become a popular “fact” for many, but truthfully, it is merely an assumption. The neuroscientific community has been searching for the physical location of memories in the brain for over half a century, to no avail.
While some memories might be correlated with a particular section of brain tissue, if that part is removed, the memories are still retrievable. Whatever atoms and molecules in the brain were involved in the initial encoding of a given memory years ago (even more than half a century ago), they have since been replaced numerous times, yet memories from such distant epochs have been retained.
Neurosurgeons have never found any broad patterns of memory loss following major resections (removal) of neocortex, implying that memories are not actively stored in those regions.
In particular, the memories of near-death experiences, as compared to typical dreams or hallucinations, have an ultra-real quality that sets them apart. The question remains for some, are these experiences happening within the brain? A deeper explanation is required.
Studies reveal that NDE memories should be considered to have far more robust origins than merely imagined events. Their degree of detail and emotional power are more similar to memories of real events than dreams or other similar imagined events. Likewise, their resilience and stability over decades, as well as their life-changing power, make them extraordinary.
During your contemplative practice, recall a memory from your childhood. Close your eyes and let that recollection return fully to repaint the experience for you. Marvel at the mind’s ability to revive such moments and make note of any insights in your journal.
The Mystery of the Mind by Wilder Penfield