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[Merged]Afterlife exists says top brain surgeon

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It makes perfect sense, and is nothing like your apeal to ridicule (

http://www.nizkor.or...o-ridicule.html)

This link does not prove your point. Allthough hypothetical, the example is clearly taken out of the context that such remarks are usually made. To conflate the issue to include the entire world is ridiculous, and to me shows a particular bias on the part of the author of that page.

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Evolution has everything to do with our biology. If this is simply biological, then quite likely evolution had a hand. In this particular case it would be have to be a side effect.... An accident that we precieve these things upon near death. Again that's one hell of an accident.

You are saying that as if near death experiences were actually modified through evolution, of which there is no such proof. I severely doubt that they evolved to comfort humans, as there is, also, no evidence.

Perspectives taint everything we experience and have nothing to do with the event itself. Why would it be any different for spiritual experiences?

Cultural differences in NDEs are supporting the idea that there is only deity--the Christian god--or that there is a heaven or a hell.

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Afterlife exists says top brain surgeon

A prominent scientist who had previously dismissed the possibility of the afterlife says he has reconsidered his belief after experiencing an out of body experience which has convinced him that heaven exists.

Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis. During his illness Dr Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion "shut down" and that he then experienced "something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death."

Source: http://www.telegraph...in-surgeon.html

A NDE is such a profound experience it leaves people in no doubt that theres an afterlife.

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Perhaps it does, yes; however, you stated that there is no evolutionary pressure that would warrant good, peaceful feelings in death.

Or, a good amount of people simply do not have them. Period. Some brains work differently than others, and we know this. Also, that is a poor analogy, as if you were to whack me on the head with a hammer, I would be able to remember it, depending on the amount of force being applied to the whack. That was a horrible analogy.

How is it "quite obviously not mass hysteria"?

Logical to you does not equate to logical in the realm of science. You may choose to believe in whatever you wish, but that does not mean that there is any truth in that belief. You can have faith, of course... but, again, that does not make the belief true. And, I am quite content in saying that they misinterpreted what they saw, and labeled it as being a spirit world.

To be quite frank, we haven't the slightest shred of physical evidence in reinforcement of a spirit world. All we have are anecdotes involving people "dying, seeing the spirit realm", and then coming back to life where everything is hunky dorey. If you choose to believe that, that is fine; but if you do, then I place you into the same category as an individual who would believe an individual whom claimed that they saw a pink elephant standing on top of the empire state building. There is no evidence for it whatsoever.

Yes that's why I said if its biological, it must be an accident a fluke of conciousness.

It most certainly does! That's why we have formal rules for logic.

"You may choose to believe in whatever you wish, but that does not mean that there is any truth in that belief. You can have faith, of course... but, again, that does not make the belief true. And, I am quite content in saying that ----it is what it appears to be----." I'm simply saying the exact thing back to you.

If there is a spirit world it quit obviously is not a physical place. I'm not sure why you would expect Somone to be able to bring back a "spirit rock" like the moon landing.

In fact, there are detailed descriptions of procedures, items, conversations etc etc. experienced by NDEers. Varified by doctors, and the critique of the verification is sketchy, creative, and laced with bias. They don't hold up to scrutiny either.

We are also at the limits of empiricism. Yes empiricism is very flawed. There are plenty of things to discover that will be statistically probably based on mixtures of circumstance, anecdote, and deduction. Even if we are unable to verify it physically. Just like gravity, we can only measure something by its effects. At the moment ( until prooven otherwise) gravity is a non physical cause that affects the physical. There is no reason to make philosophical ( materialist) assumption and aply it to a phenomenon, when clearly the body of evidence suggests other wise.

And I will place you in the same category of people that claim to be logical yet use logical fallacies in nearly the same paragraph.

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You are saying that as if near death experiences were actually modified through evolution, of which there is no such proof. I severely doubt that they evolved to comfort humans, as there is, also, no evidence.

Cultural differences in NDEs are supporting the idea that there is only deity--the Christian god--or that there is a heaven or a hell.

Right..... I'm was speaking hypothetically if NDEs have a purely a biological make up.

Heheh? Supporting the Christian god? I don't think so.

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Do you have a comprehensive run down of these experiences showing that they do indeed match? And I don't mean vagaries like "a bright light".

"Common Aspects Analysis

What I submitted for review is the following, taken from over twenty years of study and with a research base in excess of 3,200 NDErs:

I.  Context of experience: either A or B must be met:

A.  Symptoms or signs suggesting serious medical illness or injury, or physiological crisis/accident of some kind; or,

B.  NDEr's expectation or sense of imminent death.

II.

Content of experience: an intense awareness, sense, or experience of "otherworldiness" - whether pleasant or unpleasant, strange or ecstatic. Episode can be brief and consist of only one or two elements, or can be more involved, even lengthy, and consist of multiple elements. Elements commonly experienced are:

A.  Visualizing or experiencing being apart from the physical body, perhaps with the ability to change locations.

B.  Greatly enhanced cognition (thoughts very clear, rapid, and hyper-lucid).

C.  A darkness or light that is perceived as alive and intelligent and powerful.

D.  Sensation of movement and/or a sense of presence (hyperalert faculties).

E.  Sudden overwhelming floods of emotion or feelings.

F.  Encounter with an identified deceased person or animal, or an encounter with an apparently nonphysical entity.

G.  Life review (like a movie or in segments, or a reliving).

H.  Information can be imparted, perhaps dialogue.

III. Typical to the experience:

A.  Near-death states can occur to anyone at any age, including newborns and infants, and remain vivid and coherent lifelong (unless societal or family pressure weakens memory clusters - repression more common with child NDErs than with teenagers or adults).

B.  Children's episodes are usually brief and encompass few elements. The closer the child is to puberty, the greater the possibility of longer, more complicated scenarios.

C.  The pattern of psychological and physiological aftereffects seems more dependent on the intensity of the experience, than on any particular imagery or length of exposure to darkness or light.

D.  Attitudes and feelings significant others display after the NDEr revives directly influence how readily he or she can integrate the experience. Episode content is secondary to that initial climate of interest or disinterest."

http://near-death.com/experiences/evidence06.html

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It's probably not because having a NDE that the doctor changed his mind, but it' because of the content of NDE itself. For example, what's the point of floating above your body, looking at your own body in bed. Why many NDEers share that same event only when they have NDE, why it's not happening when you are simply dreaming.

While there is no actual proof to link the NDE and the after life, those who had a real NDE will tell that it's not just a simple dream/hallucination made by the brain. Those who never experience will keep hanging on their limited knowledge that they entitled it "rational" and "logic"

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It's probably not because having a NDE that the doctor changed his mind, but it' because of the content of NDE itself. For example, what's the point of floating above your body, looking at your own body in bed. Why many NDEers share that same event only when they have NDE, why it's not happening when you are simply dreaming.

While there is no actual proof to link the NDE and the after life, those who had a real NDE will tell that it's not just a simple dream/hallucination made by the brain. Those who never experience will keep hanging on their limited knowledge that they entitled it "rational" and "logic"

You are right of course. Why floating above your body? Why not pink elephants on parade? Why not spaghetti gods? Why not driving you car? Why not a million other scenarios like when you are dreaming?

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They have been trying to create some connection between NDEs and reality for decades. A little less than two years ago I was sitting in my car with three bullets in me. I could see the car seat filling with my blood. In the unconscious moments, I suppose I could have embraced the teachings of my youth and imagined my soul in vigilance over my body or the River Jordan and loved ones waiting, or a thousand other scenarios. But it didn't happen. And if it had, it would have meant only that I saw things while unconscious. Nothing more.

To relate the experience to an "evidence" of an afterlife is far less valid than the Bridey Murphy case that was claimed to give proof to reincarnation. At least she spoke a dialect and her existence was proven. Comatose images cannot be linked to anything other than comatose images.

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They have been trying to create some connection between NDEs and reality for decades. A little less than two years ago I was sitting in my car with three bullets in me. I could see the car seat filling with my blood. In the unconscious moments, I suppose I could have embraced the teachings of my youth and imagined my soul in vigilance over my body or the River Jordan and loved ones waiting, or a thousand other scenarios. But it didn't happen. And if it had, it would have meant only that I saw things while unconscious. Nothing more.

To relate the experience to an "evidence" of an afterlife is far less valid than the Bridey Murphy case that was claimed to give proof to reincarnation. At least she spoke a dialect and her existence was proven. Comatose images cannot be linked to anything other than comatose images.

Unless you wake up and describe to the doctor what was happening and even the tools he was using.

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What registrations enter the mind during a surgery are unknown. Even an OBE can be a possibility but that in no way gives evidence to life after death.

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What registrations enter the mind during a surgery are unknown. Even an OBE can be a possibility but that in no way gives evidence to life after death.

Possibly.... But If Somone is haveing perceptions outside of their bodies and describing events and sites when their faces are covered--- see the pam Reynolds case... I think it would lean that way. But you are right, no one has really died and come back at least not in totality only variouse definitions of being dead that is an ever marching line these days

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Riiiiiigggghhhhhhttttttt. Do you realize what you are saying? There could be zero evolutionary pressure to create such a common hallucination for humans.... Why? Because you are dieing!!! 200,000 years go there was no Difibulator!!! :)

Why would a fairly random process ( evolution) make it more comfortable for you to die, but excruciating to give birth? It dosnt make any sense at all.

Imo, the above comes at this from the erroneous angle that nature and natural selection (though definitely not random) are intelligent processes.

Such a process wouldn't have to result from evolutionary pressure on what happens at the moments before death. It could be associated with, or be a side effect of, some other feature that has undergone evolutionary pressure in the past. Just as schizophrenia, which in some instances might be interpreted as contact with a "spirit world", is thought to be a rare side effect of evolutionary pressure that led to symbolic thinking and greater language capacities in humans, NDE experiences may be side effects of some other trait.

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Right..... I'm was speaking hypothetically if NDEs have a purely a biological make up.

It didn't seem like it.

Heheh? Supporting the Christian god? I don't think so.

I apologize, I meant not supporting the Christian God.

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Consciousness after death simply is not possible.

Looks like you have the absolute answer, show me the empirical proof then?

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(I know that the video doesn't completely relate, but it is to show that it isn't because we don't have proof of the possibility or improbability of something that it is impossible.)

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Heaven and hell can not be proved or disproved. People who FULLY die will never come back to life and say that they saw/did not see heaven/hell. The scientist can not prove it, he needs physical evidence (seeing is not physical evidence). Besides, ask yourself this 'Would God show someone heaven if they were going to wake up again?'. Surely he wouldn't. Either the scientist's brain was still working and therefore he dreamt everything, or he is just another lier. I have no more to say in the matter.

Even if...we would want a ''physical', scientifical proof about all of this, how could we find physical/scientifical proofs when some of the brightest mind affirm that we only know what's driving 4% of the universe? Only one thing is sure, is that we know so little about our universe.

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(I know that the video doesn't completely relate, but it is to show that it isn't because we don't have proof of the possibility or improbability of something that it is impossible.)

Well, let me just say that I invest belief into it just as much as I do faeries and unicorns.

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AB you stated that consciousness after death was impossible. Then post images such as these. You give the impression of someone who is very antagonistic toward faith in general. Simply having a need for proof doesn't seem to account for the level of rhetoric on your part - imo. Does religion make you angry for a reason you'd like to share?

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AB you stated that consciousness after death was impossible. Then post images such as these. You give the impression of someone who is very antagonistic toward faith in general. Simply having a need for proof doesn't seem to account for the level of rhetoric on your part - imo. Does religion make you angry for a reason you'd like to share?

I just believe that it is a deadly virus, and should be eradicated completely.

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You would have to define what consciousness really is I mean if it's only chemical or electrical impulses... well couldn't that be replicated outside of the body?

Don't get me wrong I do believe the good doctor just tripped out but I'm not convinced that something couldn't happen after death until we know for sure how the brain works and can mimic it. Heaven and hell highly unlikely but something afterwards could very well be a possibility.

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http://bible.cc/luke/12-49.htm

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I just believe that it is a deadly virus, and should be eradicated completely.

Wow? Eradicated? Really?

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No I'm not. Not sure why you thought I was saying that.

Well, then how is the brain damage/malfunction explained when experiencing the "spiritual world"?

Either brain damage causes a spiritual experience

or the spiritual experience is causing the brain damage

You insist that spiritual experiences "just happen". So then why is there brain damage measured??

Anyway:

Peace of Mind: Near-Death Experiences Now Found to Have Scientific Explanations

Seeing your life pass before you and the light at the end of the tunnel, can be explained by new research on abnormal functioning of dopamine and oxygen flow

Near-death experiences are often thought of as mystical phenomena, but research is now revealing scientific explanations for virtually all of their common features. The details of what happens in near-death experiences are now known widely—a sense of being dead, a feeling that one's "soul" has left the body, a voyage toward a bright light, and a departure to another reality where love and bliss are all-encompassing.

http://www.scientifi...mind-near-death

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