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#1    markdohle

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:01 AM

NDE Analysis of Atheists

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Posted ImageAtheists have deathbed experiences and near-death experiences just like everyone else does. The philosophy of Positivism, founded by the famous atheist named A. J. Ayer, is the philosophy that anything not verifiable by the senses is nonsense. Because NDEs mark the end of the senses, Positivists believe the survival of the senses after death is nonsense. But this philosophy has been challenged by its founder A. J. Ayer himself. Later in life, Ayer had a NDE where he saw a red light. Ayer's NDE made him a changed man: "My recent experiences, have slightly weakened my conviction that my genuine death ... will be the end of me, though I continue to hope that it will be." (Ayer, 1988 a, (Read more about it from an article in the National Post and an article below by Gerry Lougrhan:

Can there be life after life? Ask the atheist!
by Gerry Lougrhan, Letter_From_London, March 18, 2001

When the famous English novelist, Somerset Maugham, was expiring in France, aged 91, he summoned the world-class atheist, A.J. Ayer, like a priest to his deathbed, to reassure him that there was no afterlife. Professor Ayer duly delivered the words of consolation Maugham longed to hear.

But when Ayer himself was dying two decades later, he wasn't so sure. Having choked on a piece of smoked salmon that stopped his heart for at least four minutes, the famed philosopher saw, and heard things he had spent a lifetime denying.

On his return from he knew not where, Ayer wrote a chagrined but enigmatic account of what has become known in Britain and beyond as Near Death Experience.

Millions of people say they have had an NDE, as it is now commonly known, while many more are thought to have had the experience but are too embarrassed to talk about it. A Gallup poll in the United States indicated 8-12 million people (approximately the population of New York City) claimed experience of life beyond the grave; in Britain, a Mori poll showed seven people out of 10 believed NDEs happened and constituted evidence of an afterlife.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:55 AM

Not to mention the millions if not more that had NDEs, but actually died. ;) what do you think another twelve million or potentially billions upon billions?

Edited by Seeker79, 02 December 2012 - 03:55 AM.

"I wish neither to possess, Nor to be possessed. I no longer covet paradise, more important, I no longer fear hell. The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning, but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, But I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light.  Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself. "
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:24 AM

View PostSeeker79, on 02 December 2012 - 03:55 AM, said:

Not to mention the millions if not more that had NDEs, but actually died. ;) what do you think another twelve million or potentially billions upon billions?
Or the majority who don't experience NDEs, you nor the OP want to hear about them.


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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

It is also believed dimethyltryptamine could be released from the pineal gland during death which could explain NDEs as it is a psychadelic.


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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:43 PM

what has near death experience got to do with religion? I know of people who have had NDE, but if someone is an atheist it could quite mean that they will see a religious side to this....remember that an atheist is NOT necessarily someone who does not believe in god. If he had been an agnostic, then he would have seen this on a complete different light.

Edited by freetoroam, 02 December 2012 - 01:53 PM.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

View PostRlyeh, on 02 December 2012 - 10:24 AM, said:

Or the majority who don't experience NDEs, you nor the OP want to hear about them.

I don't think the NDE proves anything about the afterlife, though it can point to it.  On one level it is true that I don't know what happens after death.  Also most if not all people dream every night, many never remember their dreams at all, so that is not a valid indicator of how many actually had one.

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View Postfreetoroam, on 02 December 2012 - 01:43 PM, said:

what has near death experience got to do with religion? I know of people who have had NDE, but if someone is an atheist it could quite mean that they will see a religious side to this....remember that an atheist is NOT necessarily someone who does not believe in god. If he had been an agnostic, then he would have seen this on a complete different light.

Hmmm LOl, better look up what atheist means my friend.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:45 PM

View PostOrcseeker, on 02 December 2012 - 01:38 PM, said:

It is also believed dimethyltryptamine could be released from the pineal gland during death which could explain NDEs as it is a psychadelic.

These have all been dealt with, the reasons why it happens and found wanting.  The fact that the studies of this kind of thing continues to spread is because they can pinpoint why it happens.  It just does.

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View PostSeeker79, on 02 December 2012 - 03:55 AM, said:

Not to mention the millions if not more that had NDEs, but actually died. ;) what do you think another twelve million or potentially billions upon billions?

Perhaps they just went through the tunnel, entered the light, or returned as a horse on a farm in Georgia LOL.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:49 PM

View Postmarkdohle, on 02 December 2012 - 03:43 PM, said:

I don't think the NDE proves anything about the afterlife, though it can point to it.  On one level it is true that I don't know what happens after death.  Also most if not all people dream every night, many never remember their dreams at all, so that is not a valid indicator of how many actually had one.

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Hmmm LOl, better look up what atheist means my friend.

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I have, years ago, it does not mean :do not believe in god. it can also mean does not believe in your god, eg: the Romans would have seen jesus as an atheist as he did not believe in their gods. An atheist can believe in a god, but not the same as yours.
There is also an ignostic and an agnostic, maybe people are getting this confused with them?

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:51 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 02 December 2012 - 03:49 PM, said:

I have, years ago, it does not mean :do not believe in god. it can also mean does not believe in your god, eg: the Romans would have seen jesus as an atheist as he did not believe in their gods. An atheist can believe in a god, but not the same as yours.
There is also an ignostic and an agnostic, maybe people are getting this confused with them?

Yeah as I sent send, I thought of that.....you got me, one point for you.....LOL

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:54 PM

View PostRlyeh, on 02 December 2012 - 10:24 AM, said:

Or the majority who don't experience NDEs, you nor the OP want to hear about them.
How do you know that if they did  have them but just can't remember?

Edited by Seeker79, 02 December 2012 - 09:58 PM.

"I wish neither to possess, Nor to be possessed. I no longer covet paradise, more important, I no longer fear hell. The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning, but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, But I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light.  Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself. "
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:47 PM

View PostSeeker79, on 02 December 2012 - 09:54 PM, said:

How do you know that if they did  have them but just can't remember?
lol. With this reasoning you could argue in favor of virtually anything.
What if you saw bigfoot/had sex with an alien/ate babies, and you just don't remember it? Please..


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:27 AM

View Postmarkdohle, on 02 December 2012 - 03:45 PM, said:



These have all been dealt with, the reasons why it happens and found wanting.  The fact that the studies of this kind of thing continues to spread is because they can pinpoint why it happens.  It just does.

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As you can imagine, this sort of thing is hard to completely prove (dimethyltryptamine being produced in our pineal glands and released while we sleep/while we die). It has not been dealt with however. People under the effects of this while taking it externally report similar experiences to the NDEs. It is also believed to be the reason why we dream as well.


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:38 AM

View PostRlyeh, on 02 December 2012 - 11:47 PM, said:

lol. With this reasoning you could argue in favor of virtually anything.
What if you saw bigfoot/had sex with an alien/ate babies, and you just don't remember it? Please..
But we are not talking about sightings... We are quite obviously altered states of conciousness, and we know for a fact many people who experience trauma don't even remember the events leading up to the event that got them there, and these are physical events.

Furthermore, the skeptic assertion that it's a hullicinatiion or dream of some sort should should leave widely open that there are many events that cannot be remembered because we know for a fact that people duo not remember most dreams and people influenced by high dosses of psychedelics do not remember all of their altered state experiences. Why assume it would be any different with NDEs.

"I wish neither to possess, Nor to be possessed. I no longer covet paradise, more important, I no longer fear hell. The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning, but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, But I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light.  Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself. "
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:24 AM

View PostSeeker79, on 03 December 2012 - 12:38 AM, said:

But we are not talking about sightings... We are quite obviously altered states of conciousness, and we know for a fact many people who experience trauma don't even remember the events leading up to the event that got them there, and these are physical events.

Furthermore, the skeptic assertion that it's a hullicinatiion or dream of some sort should should leave widely open that there are many events that cannot be remembered because we know for a fact that people duo not remember most dreams and people influenced by high dosses of psychedelics do not remember all of their altered state experiences. Why assume it would be any different with NDEs.
NDEs are implied to be independent from the biological brain, at least that is what believers have me believe.
If you are unaware, how can you call it an experience?


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:37 AM

View PostRlyeh, on 03 December 2012 - 05:24 AM, said:

NDEs are implied to be independent from the biological brain, at least that is what believers have me believe.
If you are unaware, how can you call it an experience?
Yes they are, but to have a memory of it there must be an interaction with the brain. There is no way around this. If NDEs happen outside of the body then there must be a douwnload of the info to the brain... We are now talking about the samething in two threads.

Obviously you were not unaware if haveing an NDE.  Not remembering is not the samething as not aware. People do not remember events leading up to trauma, that dies nit mean they were unaware at the time. The question is if you need the brain to be aware or not.

Edited by Seeker79, 03 December 2012 - 05:39 AM.

"I wish neither to possess, Nor to be possessed. I no longer covet paradise, more important, I no longer fear hell. The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning, but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, But I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light.  Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself. "
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