That's what I am saying, all local, things they could hear, albeit unconscious. The lobby may well have a vent going near the room for instance, these are what I consider Clayton's Miracles, the miracle you have when you don't have a miracle. Nothing significant ever comes back, just worthless ambiguous crap. Why does our entire history only gives us these Clayton's miracles? Why don't we see something that makes everyone, even skeptics go, WOW! hat's impressive, no idea how that could happen naturally, but there is always some mundane explanation, whether it is accepted or not. The way I see things, if there is a viable simple explanation, it should take precedence over any exotic explanation every time.
"May well have"? Do you realize how many lobby vents would have to be connected to hospital rooms? Its only "worthless ambiguous crap" because you were not there, and it was not your family member telling you about the conversation you were having in the lobby when they were in a coma! Its very significant. The problem is that we are dealing with human experiences here. It necessarily has to be filtered by humans, but we have marginalized individual experiences even if they can be corroborated. I can come up with claytons miracles to describe entanglement, the photoelectric effect, or why the Josephson's junction works as well that doesn't speak an iota to truth. An imagination can be used to create "mundane" explanations as well as what you call "exotic" ones. After all the sky is blue because it is reflecting the ocean right? Its perfectly reasonable to assume so.
As far as I can see, they did invent the afterlife, what earlier specifics exist in written form? Or what evidence supports that? I do not call an OBE an afterlife, I mean when you die you take on a new form, that's what afterlife is isn't it? I Think OBE's are a combination of sleep paralysis and or drugs.
And Norse Mythology began at about 1AD didn't it? That does not predate the Egyptian book of the dead.
From what I can see, the further back you go, the more vague the details be, all we did was sharpen up the idea as we went along.
We know how and why we got here physically, evolution has left a fossil record to follow. One wonders if cavemen are in the afterlife? But why would a spirit world exist? No reason. No big bang, no actual place to reside, nothing. We have a reason here and now, we are the conscious matter of the Universe, we are the Universe wondering about itself, we are organic, we know how we come to be, we know how we die, but we have no reason for an afterlife other than it would be really cool.
What I understand is that it's a place like that which has never existed, and where our spirit energies go to when we die, problem is, I do not believe we have a spirit energy, I think a person makes their own spirit, and it defines who we are, not what we are made of, and I believe it dies as part of us. It's our persona, that individualism, the mind. Not another ghost me in a physical me. Why would that be wrong? It is not like I do not understand what people are trying to tell me, it is not because I do not want it to exist, I do more than anything, but I am honest with myself. The only way I can see for one to accept that a spirit world actually exists is to convince oneself is it not?
Yes we are the universe wondering about itself....I agree. But no we do not know why or ultimately even how we came to be.
Its not that your point of view is wrong...its that ultimately it doesn't take into account all the evidence, and more logical leaps need to be made to support a physicalist interpretation.