Archive for November, 2013

Near-Death Experiences

November 28, 2013

During this past year, forces of Ivory Tower scientism and debunkery fanned the flames of the New Inquisition regarding metaphysical matters, particularly near-death experiences (NDEs). Under attack, for example, was Harvard neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven, one of many books on the topic. While PluribusOne™ does not endorse Alexander (or anyone else), or agree entirely with his interpretation of his own NDE, we firmly support the truth that NDEs are real although unexplainable in terms ever likely to satisfy scientists of the New Inquisition’s ilk. Specific names we dare not mention lest we invite their wrath. 

Unlike the centuries-long Catholic Inquisition in Europe, the New Inquisition is the global enforcement arm of materialist science, and it functions no differently than that of any rabid religion. Heretics are always evildoers: liars and frauds, when the truth is that it is the accusers in authority who will commit any sin necessary to serve an agenda of suppression and maintain control over the masses. It is not, in our analysis, a random coincidence that both religion and science—working through systems of government, schooling, and mass media—share the agenda to keep the vast majority of people from knowing various truths, including the truth about the nature of their own selves! 

In the midst of chaotic conflict between intelligent thinkers who have broken free of Cartesian dogma, and narrow-minded voices of irrational rationalists, how is it that PluribusOne™ is able to firmly align with the anecdotal evidence for NDEs even though a recent study of dying rats conducted at the University of Michigan has been touted as discovering the elusive rational explanation? The study produced evidence that within thirty seconds of the cessation of blood flow, a surge of electrical activity occurs in the brain of the dying rat. The leap of inference taken by debunkers is that this surge accounts for “hallucinations” experienced by near-death experiencers. However, none of the rats returned to life, so the rat experimentation runs far from parallel with the human near-death experience—and there are greater flaws. 

The University researchers’ chief error, as in many prior experiments conducted elsewhere, is the presumption that NDEs involve hallucinations. The evidence that an NDE is actual perception and not hallucination is that the experiencer returns to full functioning with information that could only have been obtained “out-of-body” during the period of near-death. That millions of people have had these experiences and brought such information back from their momentary travels out-of-body amounts to proof that at least some NDE experiencers do not hallucinate or perpetrate fraud. In Dr. Alexander’s case, a physician who was present has affirmed critical elements of his story. 

Apart from the large number of NDE reports, many of which have been carefully examined, the real proof for anyone is—as always—their own firsthand experience. Meanwhile, a better pathway for NDE researchers would be to draw on experiences reported by patients to psychiatrists which are similar to NDEs but involve stressful episodes within a level of consciousness called the “pre-conscious.” Typically, a person locked in pre-consciousness has been partially reawakened on the brink of falling asleep from exhaustion. In partial wakefulness they can see and hear to some degree. They see the bed and the room around them and see themselves floating a few inches above their seemingly dead bodies which refuse to respond to mental commands to move. To an observer, the pre-conscious person appears to be sleeping and dreaming. For some, the experience becomes prelude to intentional out-of-body traveling.