What would Oliver Sacks say about the afterlife now? |291| by Alex Tsakiris | Oct 19 | Consciousness Science, Near-Death Experience Please Share Share on Twitter Near-Death Experience Research, Dr. Jan Holden and her colleagues reveal their latest findings. photo by: Steve Jurvetson The question might sound crass, but then again, why should it? Dr. Oliver Sacks was one of the world’s best known and beloved neuroscientists, but at the time of his passing he was also an outspoken opponent of scientific findings suggestive of an afterlife. So, should a question contemplating a reality he was never willing to consider offend? Our cultural reflex to respect the dead may be trying to tell us something about underlying scientific question — what happens after we die?