Started reading Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet. He had epileptic seizures and it ran in his family. I know nothing about epilepsy beyond what most of us are probably aware of - which is something to be thankful for. It comes in different flavors which have different effects. Believe me, I'm not so hip that I am reading Fyodor Dostoevsky. He suffered from 'ecstatic epilepsy' and I don't really know if 'suffered' is apt. " For several instants I experience a happiness that is impossible in an ordinary state, and of which other people have no conception. I feel full harmony in myself and in the whole world, and the feeling is so strong and sweet that for a few seconds of such bliss one could give up ten years of life, perhaps all of life. I felt that heaven descended to earth and swallowed me. I really attained god and was imbued with him. All of you healthy people don't even suspect what happiness is , that happiness that we epileptics experience for a second before an attack." This is an identifiable physiological condition. Sounds awfully like a near death experience, doesn't it? One of the knee jerk reaction to NDEs is that it's just our brains shutting down. Having read this I have to admit that my expectations of an afterlife might need a little editing.