You can read the full article here http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-social-thinker/201010/have-scientists-finally-discovered-evidence-psychic-phenomena
Finally, psi phenomena is getting the attention it deserves from the mainstream media. Its getting harder and harder to ignore all of the overwhelming experimental evidence for psi phenomenon. Of course this isn't good news for the closed minded skeptics who are very certain materialism is correct.
It looks like cold arctic air is coming down across eastern Canada. We may have a major snowstorm next weekend all depends on the track of the storm of course. The Nao which is the North Atlantic Oscillation is expected to remain negative for awhile then go neutral then go very negative after the 16th of Dec. The PNA which stands for the Pacific/North American pattern is expected to remain negative. Another reason why the cold air will remain locked in place is that a big block is developing. This pattern looks to last at least 3 weeks. The Euro Weeklies suggest that this pattern will continue into the New Year. We will see.
I have come across an open minded skeptic his name is Anthony Campbell who admits that the evidence for survival of bodily of death shouldn't be dismissed out of hand or by assuming the researchers were just gullible. That the evidence should be taken serious on the other hand he says that the mind clearly appears to depend on the brain so an honest person probably should be in utter puzzlement. Of course, I don't agree with his last statement as the evidence of the mind depending on the brain can be explain by more than any materialist theory of mind and brain. The transmission theory of the mind also makes testable predictions as well as I have mentioned before.
Being open minded doesn't mean your preliminary conclusion has to be the same no. No it can be completely but admitting at least that their is convincing evidence for life after death that is very difficult to explain away except for survival of bodily death that is being open minded.
I do agree with this statement he made
"Sceptics who dismiss all this material out of hand as proving the gullibility of everyone who has investigated it have, I fear, simply not done their homework".
His website is here http://www.acampbell.ukfsn.org/index.html
Just thought I make a list of all of the Nintendo Wii video games i have
1. Wii Sports 2. Big League Sports 3. Lego: Batman 4. Celebrity Sports Showdown 5. Ghosbusters: The Video Game 6. Rock Band Game ACDC Track Pack 7, WWE Smackdown v.s Raw 2009 8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smashup 9. Monster Lab 10. Wii Fit Plus 11. The Biggest Loser 12. Deal or No Deal 13. Lego Rock Band Game
Infinite Doppelgängers May Explain Quantum Probabilities Mg20727753.600-1_300Rachel Courtland in New Scientist:
AN IDENTICAL copy of you is also reading this story. This twin is the same in every way, living on an Earth and in a universe that looks exactly like our own. And there may be an infinite number of them. Such doppelgängers could be a natural consequence of our present conception of the universe. Now, some physicists say they could pose a serious problem for quantum mechanics. But a possible fix may also be in sight, and it could help tie abstract quantum concepts to concrete physical causes.
In the uncertain, fuzzy world of quantum mechanics, particles do not have fixed properties until they are observed. Instead, objects that obey quantum rules exist in a "superposition" of all their possible states simultaneously. Schrödinger's famous cat, for example, is both alive and dead until we take a peek inside the booby-trapped box in which it has been placed.
Because the probability that the cat will be found alive is based on a quantum event - the decay of a radioactive substance within the box - it can be calculated using a principle called the Born rule. The rule is used to transform the vague "wave function" of a quantum state, which is essentially a mixture of all possible outcomes, into concrete probabilities of particular observations (in this case, the cat being alive or dead). But this staple of quantum mechanics fails when it is applied to the universe at large, says Don Page at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
At issue is the possibility that there could be a multiplicity of copies of any particular experiment floating about the universe, just as there could be a multiplicity of yous. There could even be an infinite number of them if, as is thought, the early universe underwent a period of exponential growth, called inflation. Although this period ended very soon after the big bang in our observable region of space, inflation may have continued elsewhere, giving rise to a "multiverse", an infinite space containing infinite copies of our Earth. "In an infinite universe, every possible thing would happen, and it would happen an infinite number of times," says cosmologist Alex Vilenkin of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
Just don't know how much more I can take, losing my father, and my financial situation don't have enough for EI because the program i was in Skill's Link didn't give me my last pay it was a one week one that was all i needed to start receiving EI for a full year. Now i have to apply for Welfare something i was on before and i don't want to go back on it.
Also my weight has gone up like crazy i am about 270 pounds or more crazy is right, i remember when i used to be 192 pounds. That is because of all of the stress i have been under so i have been getting a lot of chips, bars, drinking lots and lots of pop, eating fast food lots of it. Also lots of gambling doing loads of scratch tickets and breakopens. It has gotten out of control. I also have lost all of my determination i have no idea how I am going to get it back.
I have been applying at a few places but no response back from them. Also i have heard absolutely nothing about if the Hector Exhibit Centre got any funding for me. If they did i would be able to go back there and work full time. I am also very mad at Dorothy Dole, Angela, Nikkie, Lyndsay for not helping me find a job. They failed, I did everything i could but their side wasn't doing as much to get that wheel turning.
Also i ain't the only one others who have been in the Skills Link program are also without work. They also tried very hard and did everything they could. What they did to us is something that is mean, wrong, and totally out of line. It's going to be almost impossible to celebrate Halloween and Christmas this year without my father it will be the first of a lot to come. Things certainly will never be the same again.Tomorrow I am planning on getting more copies down of my Resume and Cover Letter done at the Dobsons Centre. At least then i will have more copies and will go around tomorrow and put some in at Sobeys, McDonalds, Pizza Delight and Zellers.
Not all is negative however, they did help me with one thing and that was my portfolio and i do appreciate that. At least I have something the employer can look at.
Just want my fellow readers and visitors that i am alive and well. Because i haven't been on this blog for awhile now. I will continue to do my posts on the afterlife, psi as well as anything else that comes to mind.
1.) Blind Patients who have near death experiences report accurate verdical perceptions while outside their bodies with strong colloboration from nurses and doctors. 2.) Patients with near death experiences report accurate verdical perceptions while outside their bodies with strong colloboration from nurses and doctors. 3.) The closer one is to death the more likely they are to have a near death experience. 4.) The majority of patients who have near death experiences and out of body experiences have no illusory elements. 5) No natural explanation can account for out of body experiences and near death experiences which has been shown time and time again. 6) Worldwide Consistency- Non western ndes are remarkably similiar to western ndes across many cultures and religions. 7). Aftereffects- It is common for people to experience major life changes after having near-death experiences. These aftereffects are often powerful, lasting, life-enhancing, and the changes generally follow a consistent pattern. As the NDErs themselves almost always believe- near-death experiences are, in a word, real. 8) Family Reunions- During a NDE, the people encountered are virtually always deceased, and are usually relatives of the person having the experience- sometimes they are even relatives who died before the NDEr was born. Were the NDE only a product of memory fragments, they would almost certainly include far more living people, including those with whom they had more recently interacted.
Not so fast there are a lot of big problems with this explanation. The study found identifical electrical surges in all 7 teminally ill patients moments before their lives ended. The doctors however do admit that complex mental experiences are happening in near death experiences/out of body experiences unlike other scientists who pretend that those experiences don't happen. But like the rest of mainsteam science they see nde/obe as a threat so there comes here speculation that this could be caused by a last surge of electrical brain activity. You can read the article here
1] Doesn't explain accurate verdical accounts of obe that patients report from the hospital room and even well outside the hospital room. 2.] Doesn't explain how blind people from birth can accurately report there out of body experience 3] It appears this surge lasts for three minutes many out of body experiences happen for a longer period of time 4.] Also there is serious evidence for verdical experiences during a flat EEG,dilated pupils and absence of the gag. 5.] No report of any mental experiences whatsoevr by the patients, only the scientist doing the study assumed they had these experiences when this last brain surge happened. 6.] The last electrical surge is also probably a low level surge, because remember patients with near death experiences have full blown and even heightened conscious mental activity. 7] Finally this has been known for a long time now that there is a this last electrical surge which is low level.
My dad loved his children Roddy, Tommy, Leo and Denise He loved his loving wife Leona He always took care of us He loved his pets (Max, Mancub, Queenie, Snowball, Molly) He loved cars He liked going to flea markets He enjoyed doing flues, mowing lawns, shoveling snow, selling tvs, vcrs
Memories of my dad My dad always said don’t look at those pictures of hot girls you’ll go blind lol Me and my dad used to mow lawns together at Langille’s, one day Langille got in his van And he almost choke on the seatbelt because he put in on wrong. One of my dad’s back tires was low on air and langille in the front seat he sunk down when I got in the Backseat lol We used to always carry on about wrestling My dad used to barbecue hamburgers and some of the chokehold from the bottom of the barbecue got into the hamburger lol my mom and me tasted like rocks in them. My dad a lot of time took me to sobeys and told me lol to open up one of those regular size 500ml of chocolate milk and drink it lol and never paid for it lol Me and dad used to buy the pepsi slushies before going to mow a lawn My dad walked the butt of our past little doggie Queenie hehe My dad loved his kit kat bars My father never was into the rich life always made just enough money so we could live My father loved going to weddings Me and dad always carried on with a stuffed toy called slyvester
First he went to the hospital then his heart was racing with a lot of fluid built up in his heart and lungs the doctor he took a minor heart attack reducing his heart function from 30 percent to 20 percent. The doctor said the next one would probably be a massive heartache, luckily however the medication they gave him actually worked and now all of the fluid is gone around his lungs and heart. He had some breathing issues too because of the fluid but the x-rays done on his chest all three of them showed that he is ok.
He is still in the ICU room for now, but will probably be moved down to the ward soon. What a weekend this was!!!.
Update: I was wrong my father passed away on Sunday apparently only some of the fluid left his lungs and around his heart. He took a massive heartache on Sunday. I miss him so much!!! I love you dad!!!
It seems that way to some degree when Winston Wu says he believes in the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was an inside job. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that it was an inside job. All the evidence points to contrary!, this will give off the impression that anyone that thinks that their is life after death must also believe in conspiracy theories, the lochness monster, big foot etc. This certainly isn't true but skeptics will say that a lot of them do. Fine maybe so certainly some do believe in conspiracy and the like such as David Icke. Which I think is a total nutcase the only thing i agree with him on is that their is life after death probably.
From what i said above you may think i'm closed minded and that i only discuss topics that i find that i must emotionally defend. I disagree the reason why i think that their is an afterlife is based on my evaluation and research into this topic. The reason why I don't believe in any conspiracy theories is because there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that supports any of them. However sadly the point is David Icke, Winston Wuu and others do significant damage to our side they certainly don't help the evidence for survival get at least considered by mainstream science as well as the evidence for psi.
This post is a response to a recent blog post by Author Michael Prescott where he roots for JREF when it comes Winston's Wu's believe in the 9/11 conspiracy theory.
Ever accidentially disable your Administrator Account? if so here is how to enable it.
First restart your computer Second keep pressing F8 until save mode shows up Third get into save mode then once in press ctrl+atl+delete a few times until the login screen shows up Fourth type in Adminstrator then clik ok Fifth your now in click start then administrative tools go to computer managment It should say users and groups click on the plus sign to expand click on users then in adminstrator double click it under description it says account is disabled uncheck that option then restart your computer. Now your adminstrator should now be enabled. It worked for me.
I like to respond to some of Novella's Remarks on NDE's
He seems to ignore the fact that at least 92 percent of people who have ndes report seeing deceased love ones, where only a small percentage see living people this set of evidence weighs against a view that ndes are hallucinatory [Psychological, Neurophysiology].
Also he mentions how newer studies on magnetic stimulation on the brain show that nde's, are just a part of the brain [temporal lobe] that creates the out of body experience etc]. I think he is referring to this study here.
Out of body experience recreated
This study doesn't explain how people with flat lined EEG's lying on an operating table with no pulse can have this same experience without video cameras or virtual reality goggles while at the same time seeing and hearing things that could only have been percieved from a different location. Even miles away!!!. Neither doesn't it explain the complex lucidity either.
Also doesn't explain how blind people at birth can see perfectly unconsciousness.
Here are the compelling empirical reasons why Nde/Obe get lots of support to the Survival Hypothesis
1.) Over 90 percent of nde see deceased loved ones but only a small percentage see living people.
2.) A Very large database of ndes show that patients who have obe can see things and hear conversations inside and outside and even well outside the emergency room well having a flat EEG. This as well as interviewing patients immediately after being flat lined shows that these out of body experiences are probably having when the brain goes completely flat-lined. These experiences have also been verified that they actually occurred they are well documented.
3.] EEG expert and Neurologist Dr. John Greenfield points out clearly that human studies as well as animal studies have typically shown very little brain perfusion [blood flow] or glucose utilization when the EEG is flat. Their are deep brain areas involved in generating memories that might still operate at some very reduced level during cardiac arrest, but of course any subcortically generated activity can’t be brought to consciousness without at least one functioning cerebral hemisphere. So even if there were some way that NDEs were generated during the hypoxic state [while the brain is shut off from oxygen], you would not experience them until reperfusion [blood flow] allowed you to dream them or wake up and talk about them”,
4.) All neurophysiological and psychological models fail to explain any of the evidence above. As much as it hurts materialist's like "Dr. Steven Novella" to admit it the evidence is very straightforward and precise to ignore and avoid the evidence above, for nde/obe is only avoiding the facts that are clearly there.
It looks like artifical life has been created recently. Dr. Mark Venter with the help of a software program and a pre-existing bacterial host with it's Dna created a synthetic cell. So does this prove that evolution is a random natural process? or could it be that intelligence aids in the process?. By looking at this recent experiment i have to say that it is intelligence that aided in the process, because the pre-existing bacterial host with it's Dna itself has intelligence that aided in the process of creating the synthetic cell.
Of course that is my interpretation of what happened I'm sure N aturalists would disagree with me. It certainly is groundbreaking and will lead too new cures for diseases, Artificial DNA might also solve the problem of developing vaccines for quickly evolving viruses like the common cold or HIV, creating biofuels that would help clean the environment.
Dr. Steven Novella says near death experiences and out of body experiences can be explained soley of what is going on in the brain. An excellent rebuttal to Dr. Steven Novella's comments on nde's and obe's can be found here.
1. It looks great on your resume 2. It shows you have initiative 3. To meet new people 4. To make to new friends 5. To put something back into your community 6. To gain a sense of achievement 7. To make a difference 8. Help a friend 9. Show that you care 10. Support a cause 11. Share your skills 12. Personal growth 13. Personal benefit 14. Learn new things 15. To have fun
I had the day today at my work program because there was an in service. So we got paid for the whole day today which is sweet. Speaking of my work program It looks like I have a job placement at the Hector Centre that is where I will be doing data entry, inputing data such as numbers, names etc. The money is apparently coming from a grant. They will have three new computers there soon. This isn't some data entry work from home get rich scam!. It's from a actual place that pays their employees to do data entry which is great. Should be fun!!!
Any good theory can be falsified by repeated experiments, Super Psi appears to have been falsified based all thousands and thousands of experiments producing weak psi effects inside a laboratory setting. I know Dean Radin still believes that psi could be a function of the brain therefore leaving the door open to Super Psi and also satisfying the materialists who won't accept the evidence for psi until there is a strong psi effect.
Knowing that psi is weak in a laboratory setting greatly strengthens the case for survival of bodily death but also appears to verify that it's the better hypothesis out of the two. If it was shown that strong psi existed into a laboratory setting at least a lot of the time this would falsify the survival hypothesis therefore making super psi the better hypothesis.
However that isn't what is happening it's time for Dean Radin along with other parapsychologists who think there is better evidence for psi among the living to accept the fact that the evidence is based on weak effects which therefore doesn't account for the evidence in support of the survival hypothesis. That however doesn't mean i think psi doesn't exist i do think psi phenomena exist but not super psi. The survival hypothesis predicts that psi will be commonly weak and this is the outcome been consistently occuring. So what do you think which is better supported the survival hypothesis or the super psi hypothesis?.
There was a open house at skills link in Stellarton Nova Scotia i went because i am one of the individuals that is in the program. It's an awesome program funded by the government of Canada. Me and one of my co-workers Daniel did a power point presentation in front of about 40 people discussing all about the program and how it gives youth the chance to find employment out in the community. My two teachers are Angela and Nikkie both two good teachers. Also another teacher we work with Dorothy Dole she does the Whmis training course with us. We will be doing First Aid too. Peter Mackay wasn't at the open house.
Co Workers that i work with on a daily basis:
Megan Michelle Daniel Colin Kyle Jeff Amanda Loretta Kevin David Hector Shelly Adam
Kevin is already out in the work force now and David now has a full time job too. Soon all of us will have a full time job out in the community. There was a cake at the open house lol sobeys store got in wrong it said open blouse skills link summerstreet suppose to be instead open house skills link summerstreet. So Angela went back to Sobeys to complain how they messed up the cake.
This study says that CO2 maybe the cause of the near death experience where they report a reunion with loved ones, a bright light etc. The problem is that other researchers have previously looked at blood carbon dioxide levels in relation to near-death experiences. In contrast to the Slovenian group's findings, Dr.Bruce Greyson says "what few data we have point in the opposite direction."
One earlier study found an association between these experiences and below-average carbon dioxide levels, whereas another failed to detect a significant difference in patients with versus without near-death experiences.
The price of pizza keeps going up at insane prices here where I am living. Sams pizza the place where i mostly order pizza from 2 large pizzas combinations are 2 for $30.00. That's $15.00 each thats expensive for two large pizzas.
There was a post i have come across where the poster said this blog is "Sceptico not Skeptiko" which is the podcast i often post about. I like to rebut him or her with this statement he made.
I will put his words in bold Explore the possibility that the existing materialistic paradigm might be overturned (and may already be at a tipping poin).
Standard woo. And complete drivel.
This is a common skeptical tactic to call a statement you don't agree with woo. Of course, this poster is certain that materialism is correct and no evidence is going to overturn his viewpoint.
This poster has his own woo handbook which he thinks best describes woo woos this is obviously the best he/her can do. Coming up with tactics that woo woos use he thinks is a way for him not to argue at all. How arrogant is that?.
I just like to pass this along about a research project that is underway.
Announcement for grant 2010
The Helene Reeder Fund is pleased to announce the availability of grants for small and medium sized scientific research projects concerning the issue of Life after Death.
Grants will be awarded in the range of EUR 500 – 5000 maximum. ( Max $6844.64 in canadian dollars}
The topic Research into Life after Death should constitute the main objective of the project.
Applications in English to be submitted by email to the HRF c/o email@example.com should include:
- detailed description of the project, including the objectives of the project, - methodology, - cost budget, - timetable, - plans to publish the results in some scientific journals, - CV of the applicant, - how the applicant plans to report back to the HRF about progress and result, - any other financing than from HRF.
Please note: Applications should be received not later than 30th of October 2010. It is the intention of the HRF to evaluate the applications and to make decision regarding the grants before the end of December. Applicants will be notified by email after the decision and the grants will be payable during December.
Note: I like to wish everyone a Happy Easter it will be a long weekend for me as I have Friday off as well as Easter Monday off.
Talk about coincidence today at my work program i heard in my head. Loretta one of my co-workers that i was going to make a certificate for her and guess what? when i picked out the name because that was the exercise we had to do was pick out a name as long as it's different than our name and then create a certificate for that person. Anyways, i picked out the name and it was Loretta's name on the piece of paper. I just want to share this story today, it was pretty remarkable!.
Robert Lanza new theory suggests that death is not the end and that their is another reality beyond time and space. His view is idealism that consciousness creates reality. His theory could account for the enormous body of evidence for survival of the soul. For the materialists who are dead certain that they are right they will obviously scoff at this theory. I don't know what he thinks of parapsychological research or the evidence for survival but he does lay out another possible explanation that could account for it. Of course materialists have criticized his work in numerous postings. Read them for yourself and make up your own mind.
Another excellent skeptiko podcast host Alex Tskaris gets into a discussion with skeptic anesthesiologist G.M. Woerlee. In this 90 minute interview Woerlee attempts too refute nine lines of evidence that Dr. Jeffery Long believes support the survival hypothesis and are not a naturalistic/biological phenomenon. After watching this recent podcast i will say that anesthesiologist G.M. Woerlee has some good points, one of those good points is how can a immaterial soul hear and see things around them when they have a flat EEG?. My answer would be that the immaterial soul uses the senses as the the physical body used but those senses are now greatly enhanced.
You can watch the interview here.
Another argument he used is that heart massage brings back patients who are on the brink of death.
The problem with this is that their are a lot of cases where the patient has a out of body experience and doesn't feel any pain from the cardiac massage. This strongly suggests that they are different from the cases that are also well known where patients don't have out of body experiences but feel pain after receiving cardiac massage.
He also says that drugs, anoxia etc account for all near death and out of body experiences.
I disagree, their possible explanations but they all come up short explaining the entire phenomena. A good theory accounts for all of the phenomena not just some of it.
A commenter who goes under the name Fedde said the perceiving part could be a form of ESP, yes it could be that certainly is another possible explanation. Even though i don't give much attention to the Super ESP hypothesis it nevertheless is a possible alternative explanation. Their is another possible explanation however too and this explanation would be that both hypotheses are true that survival and Super ESP but occur. That the soul uses ESP to hear and see things around it.
This is what the evidence for life after death strongly indicates rather we want to accept this or not is totally up to us of course. Here is another recent blog post by author Michael Prescott called the "the desert and the sea".
Typically, atheists are seen as those that support science where everyone else [religious, spiritual] are seen as those that are oppose to science. I strongly disagree those who are oppose to science are those that have committed beliefs that they don't want to change no matter how strong the evidence is against their position.
On a side note, here is my workout that I did today as of Monday March 15th, 2010
Treadmill I burned 530 calories, 3.0 miles for 35 minutes
Another area of evidence comes from Spiricom a two way conversation between the living and the deceased. In one experiment over 20 hours of dialog through the Spiricom device which the two developed together between 1979 and 1982.
Although there were some successes with Spiricom, the machine never proved to be reliable enough for general use. That of course, doesn't exclude from the fact that the machine did help establish some communication between the living and the deceased.
One of the reasons is the major successes it has, however when it fails which it has it's hard to give it up. The evidence against naturalism in general is overwhelming their is no way the evidence for survival can be accommodated in a naturalist worldview. Science can be used to favor a particular worldview over another if the evidence is uncovered. The evidence for survival fits well in a substance dualist worldview but doesn't fit in a naturalist worldview. That is one of the major reasons why I cannot take naturalism as the answer to why were here, who we are etc. Another reason is the evidence for psi phenomena that have been replicated over and over with positive results. This evidence also doesn't fit a naturalist worldview but does fit substance dualist and can also fit the view that all of reality is created by consciousness itself.
One thing can seems very straight forward naturalism isn't the answer however nothing can be ruled out completely. If all of the evidence for survival is just scientists chasing over something that really doesn't exist and psi doesn't exist either like naturalists assert. Well then they have won this debate hands down. One way to know for certain who's right and who's wrong is those last minutes of our lives when our bodies shutdown. Then we will all know the answer with 100 percent certainity.
I have come across a new scientist article where two scientists did a couple of experiments trying to replicate Benjamin Libet's free will experiment where he concluded that unconscious neural processes determine our actions before we are ever aware of making a decision. His experiment is however called into question by Jeff Miller and Judy Trevena of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. They used scalp electrodes, but instead of letting their volunteers decide when to move, Miller and Trevena asked them to wait for an audio tone before deciding whether to tap a key. If Libet's interpretation were correct, Miller reasoned, the readiness potential should be greater after the tone when a person chose to tap the key.
While there was an readiness potential before volunteers made their decision to move, the signal was the same whether or not they elected to tap. Miller concludes that the readiness potential may merely be a sign that the brain is paying attention and does not indicate that a decision has been made.
Miller and Trevena also failed to find evidence of subconscious decision-making in a second experiment. This time they asked volunteers to press a key after the tone, but to decide on the spot whether to use their left or right hand. As movement in the right limbs is related to the brain signals in the left hemisphere and vice versa, they reasoned that if an unconscious process is driving this decision, where it occurs in the brain should depend on which hand is chosen. But they found no such correlation.
You can read about the experiments here
Consciousness and Cognition, DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2009.08.006; Brass Nature Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1038/nn.2112.
I have recently read a post by parapsychologist Dean Radin where he says that the evidence for quantum coherence in living systems at room temperature. He says this recently because another experiment has been done that shows quantum coherence continues even at room temperature so their is some form of quantum entanglement in living systems. This conflicts with long held dogma that it simply is not possible to have quantum effects in living systems. This new experiment is published in the science journal called nature. Rather or not this is the mechanism for psi is an open question.
Nature 463, 644-647 (4 February 2010)
Elisabetta Collini, Cathy Y. Wong, Krystyna E. Wilk, Paul M. G. Curmi, Paul Brumer & Gregory D. Scholes
A great new book is now out it is now a New York best seller discussing nine lines of evidence that support the reality that near death experiences are indeed linked to an afterlife. Dr. Jeffery Long i commend you on your bravery on challenging naturalism with evidence that shows that naturalism is probably false.
Listen to the skeptiko interview where Dr. Jeffery Long discusses the evidence for near death experiences.
Also i like to discuss too i recent video i listened too a closer to truth video where Robert Lawrence Kuhn interview scientist Robert Parker. Robert says a number of things that i like to discuss here.
He mentions first, " People want to believe and it's easy to fool them"
This is a good statement but one where i would say Robert is using an argument such as for example well kids want to believe santa claus really exists but of course he doesn't. The problem is this argument sounds very good at first but once you dissect it you find that it's very weak in nature. The reason why people believe in an afterlife it's not because simply they want it too be so. Of course, i can't say that for everyone but at least some people hold to the view that an afterlife is probably true based on their research and assessment of the evidence.
Next he says, "They get debunked over and over again the same claims"
Just because they get debunked doesn't mean the debunker himself is making an fair assessment of what is really going on. Yes sometimes the debunker does but other times not.
He says, "There's are a hint of an afterlife", you are not going to be reunited with your loved ones".
This is where Robert should first do some research into psychical research and parapsychology on this own then come back and see if his view changes any.
"Nothing is ever verifiable"
WRONG, do some research into psychical research and you will soon find out their is a ton of verifiable information.
True that religions have manipulated people to follow a certain set of rules, every religion has a different set of rules. This of course, makes it seem obvious that any afterlife view is sure manipulation.
I have read this from a lot of materialists saying this very thing. Without actually weighing the evidence against materialists in the first place. As i have mentioned many many times on this blog the massive amounts of evidence, that do not fit into an materialist worldview. The claim that mind is an aspect of the brain for example is reverted by many lines of evidence one of them is the fact that near death experiences are occurring when someone is having a flat EEG. How do we know this?.
This is because the patterns strongly show that these experiences are happening for a long period of time. Now their is minimal activity going on but would it support consciousness when your flat lined no it wouldn't. So clearly, flat EEG ndes refute the view that mind is an aspect of brain activity along with other materialist theories of mind and brain.
Here is a good example of a materialist claiming there fmri's reading people's thoughts provides more nails in the coffin of dualism.
However, their obvious is a way to interpret this rationally in a dualist view. Simply by saying that no dualist denies that the brain and it's subconscious parts play a big role in controlling our decisions. This doesn't mean we have no free will at all, but that we have limited free will. Materialist's would say we need full blown free will to the extent that we have control over everything that happens to us. Which isn't true we obviously, don't and that isn't what is require to postulate the possibility of a soul surviving the demise of the physical body.
Also if you notice in the video where the scientist says i wouldn't call it hostaging because it implies a dualism between your conscious mind and your brain activity. So as you see this scientist is ignoring the possible alternative open minded scientist?. But no surprise either simply following the current worldview doesn't want to go against the grail.
This is based on the fact that human studies as well as animal studies have typically shown very little brain perfusion [blood flow] or glucose utilization when the EEG is flat. There are deep brain areas involved in generating memories that might still operate at some very reduced level during cardiac arrest, but of course any subcortically generated activity can’t be brought to consciousness without at least one functioning cerebral hemisphere. So even if there were some way that NDEs were generated during the hypoxic state [while the brain is shut off from oxygen], you would not experience them until reperfusion [blood flow] allowed you to dream them or wake up and talk about them. This right there along with the evidence that patients can bring back information they couldn't have possibly known as while as seeing this even miles away. This is why near death experiences and out of body experiences are most likely point toward survival of bodily death or Super Esp. I for one lean more towards survival based on the fact that a lot of the evidence come from other areas are very hard to accept through a super Esp theory.