Hallucinatory Near-Death Experiences
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Hallucinatory Near-Death Experiences (2003)
by Keith Augustine
http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/keith_augustine/HNDEs.shtml
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Excerpt:

Even if we disregard the overwhelming evidence for the
dependence of consciousness on the brain, there remains
strong evidence from reports of near-death experiences
themselves that NDEs are not glimpses of an afterlife.

This evidence includes:

(1) discrepancies between what is seen in the out-of-
body component of an NDE and what's actually hap-
pening in the physical world;

(2) bodily sensations incorporated into the NDE, either
as they are or experienced as NDE imagery;

(3) encountering living persons during NDEs;

(4) the greater variety of differences than similarities
between different NDEs, where specific details of NDEs
generally conform to cultural expectation;

(5) the typical randomness or insignificance of the
memories retrieved during those few NDEs that include
a life review;

(6) NDEs where the experiencer makes a decision not
to return to life
by crossing a barrier or threshold viewed
as a 'point of no return,' but is restored to life anyway;

(7) hallucinatory imagery in NDEs, including encounters
with mythological creatures and fictional characters;

and

(8) the failure of predictions in those instances in which
experiencers report seeing future events during NDEs
or gaining psychic abilities after them.

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Another Referemce:

Up-Close Examination of Near-Death
Experiences (070501)
http://prohuman.net/science/near_death_experiences.htm
"Like many, I hope to live forever. Like many,
I seriously doubt that such an eventuality is our
destiny but I'm unwilling to say it's impossible
until I know more about all that is and all that
can ever be. ..."

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