Types's Top Ten Spiritual Subjects Worth Scientific Investigation

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What makes this list different from the list created in my previous incarnation is that, while that list focused on what I believed was already the strongest evidence supporting an afterlife, this list will focus on where I believe science should step up to the plate and dig vigorously for more data from which to produce evidence for or against survival after death and psychic phenomena.

Feel free to contribute your own lists and respectful thoughts, please.


10. The Placebo Effect. We can treat our own diseases with the power of belief. What else can we do?

9. ?DEs. NDEs, ADEs, etc. will always be the poster child of spirituality. They're the most intense and most well-known experiences. Therefore, research into the validity of these occurrences, and hopefully future reports of veridical NDEs, will always be required. They speak to the very foundation of humanity: who we are in life, and where we go when we die.

8. Pendulum communication, automatic writing, and other physical forms of spirit communication. I know, hear me out. On Roberta Grimes's Afterlife Forums, there's a lady who lost her son at an early age, and found that by using a pendulum, she could still communicate with him. Now, she's sweet as a button, but of course when I first went onto the forum I was very skeptical, until I found a video in a thread that showed her doing her thing. It's not the messages I found intriguing, the pendulum, or the swing of the pendulum itself. What interested me as I continued to watch the video was the fluid and quick response of the pendulum from one answer to the next, particularly yes-to-no and vice versa answers. I mean, the way the pendulum so smoothly changed direction when her hand was barely moving made it look as though either someone under the table was holding a magnet and knew exactly where and how to swing the pendulum, or some other force, almost a hand, was grabbing the pendulum itself and moving it. I think it would be easy for science to test how much of the general movement was done by her, and how much by momentum, but I would love to see if they can reconcile those stats with the measurements that come up for the response time and motion of the pendulum.

Now, I still have a difficult time with the concept of automatic writing, because if there's one thing that gets in the way of me having a spiritual experience, it's me. However, one thing that intrigues me about some reports of automatic writing are when the sitter writes in someone else's handwriting, ostensibly a discarnate. Now, we have experts in psychoanalysis and analyzing handwriting, if we pick some guy off the street and get him to do some automatic writing, and he believes he's channeling his dead Aunt in his writing, then we can get a handwriting expert to compare the "Aunt's" writing with the sitter's normal writing, and a psychologist to determine what kind of psychological profile would be behind the writing, and compare that to the sitter's psychological profile. Just my thinking.

7. Dream telepathy. My understanding is that lucid dreams have been shown to be a real phenomena. From there are reports, some we've seen on here, of precognitive dreams, veridical dreams about a place or another person, and dreams where people have talked with discarnates, angels, ETs, and even God. I think further research is needed to determine how we can each initiate and control lucid dreams, particularly the precognitive dreams, as the questions which would open from verified predictions would be mind-boggling, especially the ones which pertain to how we view time.

6. The relationship between meditation, brain entrainment programs, and spiritually transformative experiences. This came to my attention from Dr. Eben Alexander, who, sometime in the last few years, teamed up with Karen Newell of Sound Harmonics to create meditation tracks using brain entrainment technology, with the purpose of producing experiences similar to that which Dr. Alexander experienexperienced (apparently he was able to contact his dad this way). So to me, here we have a possible marriage between physicalism and spirituality: measuring the effects of such technology on the brain and body, and from there possibly refining and mass-producing these programs to produce STEs for the public. Wouldn't it be a hoot if these caused veridical experiences?

5. Veridical past-life reports and regressions. Initially, I was going to list evidential birthmarks, which to me sounds like an astounding idea, but then I realized the medical establishment in the West wouldn't stand for a researcher to mark the leg of a recently deceased in the hopes that a few months later, some random parents will be wondering why their newborn child has a birthmark on their leg in the shape of Snoopy.

Anyway, I think Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Jim Tucker are some of the nicest guys in this field I wish I had the chance to meet. So, the one type of past life report which most stands out to me is the one where the subject recalls information from a past life which is not only true, but which no one living knows, including the living relatives of the former incarnation. An example of this is an episode of Afterlife TV, where Bob Olson was interviewing this lady who recalled images of being someone else in another country (I want to say Japan), so she goes there, finds this spot of land that's familiar to her, and says to her escort, "a house stood on this spot," but according to the escort, a house never stood there. Only after further digging did she find a map that showed, yes, years earlier a house was indeed there. Why not do a regression on someone random and see if evidence can be picked up from it which no one they knew or encountered could have planted in their mind?

4. Telepathic and remote viewing demonstrations. I combined the two because their basic premises appear to me to be the same: one person picks up on information about another person, place, or thing, without using mainstream-accepted natural and artifical means. They would, for me, be the first and best evidence of psychic phenomena mainstream science would be willing to absorb. Such a talent requires no belief in a deity or an afterlife, and provides no evidence for such. What it does best is open the door for other questions requiring investigations, such as, how far can we see? Can we see the far side of the moon? The Earth's core? Who else can we link with besides humans? Can we talk with animals? Trees? Aliens? What can we pick up through thought? Numbers, images? Emotions? Dr. Sheldrake's experiments on this have been the best vanguard for the subject, in my mind (no pun intended).

3. Veridical OOBEs. The challenge with ?DEs, as we saw with the AWARE study, is that they're dangerous and unpredictable. OOBEs, however, can be initiated on demand in some cases, and controlled by the subject. Therefore, conducting an experiment similar to the AWARE study, in which the subject goes out of their body to view a marked tile placed above them, which they could not physically view before or after, would provide the best tangible evidence I can think of for consciousness outside the body. In fact, I think Dr. Charles Tart had conducted such an experiment, and I'm certain there was news a few months back of a girl who could initiate an OOBE at will.

2. Spirit drawings in mediumship testing. In retrospect, I'm surprised the Windbridge Institute didn't jump on this, what would add more compelling evidence to a pentuple-blind study than, "Oh, by the way, here's some pictures I drew of the guys I was communicating with, they're stapled to the printed readings you're comparing, you're welcome." It's the best tangible evidence I can think of to not only validate mediumship and the afterlife as a whole, but to help seperate strong mediums from weak mediums.

1.Communication with spirit guides and angels. Many people in the spiritual industry, including mediums, investigators, and ?DErs, have reported that each and every one of us (which I'm assuming includes Dr. Dawkins) are accompanied by at least one spiritual being who has been at our side since our birth, understands our hopes and fears, knows our thoughts, and is with us 24/7 (which, yes, I believe includes when we're in the restroom, in the shower, and when we're... having "me" time). The reason I think this is the most important subject worth investigating by science is because, according to the plethora of articles I've read, a) our companion(s) is actively trying to communicate with us at all times every day no matter how long it takes, whereas discarnates apparently try for a while after their death, then go snowboarding; b) it doesn't appear that we need a medium to communicate with this being(s), we can all initiate communication on our own, anytime we wish; 3) this being(s), having known us all our life, can provide guidance, knowledge, and comfort at depths discarnates can't reach yet, which would be great for those who are grieving, seeking, or just plain lost. It's like that guy who assisted Scott Bakula in "Quantum Leap," the best marriage of personal experience and spirituality I can think of, a being on the other side who always wants to talk with us individually, no matter our scientific or psychic prowess.

In an interview with Roberta Grimes, Dr. Gary Schwartz had revealed an experiment he had conducted, of which the result was a measurable presence that suggested the existence of not just discarnates, but angels. I haven't heard much more about it, but we need more like it.

Those are my Ten as of 2/10/2015. Thoughts?

Honorable mentions go to time travel and telekinesis.
 
#2
science should step up to the plate and dig vigorously for more data from which to produce evidence for or against survival after death and psychic phenomena.
Science, as currently structured and practiced, cannot be applied to that purpose. Those who think it would do well to look at why they are convinced that a radio receiver is a way to watch TV.
 
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in regards to number 1, you of all people need to hear more of my story. I'm still debating posting it or not, but for me personally this seems to be true, but I would not go so far as to make that a general statement.
I think this is a forum where you should feel free to post your experience without fear of ridicule, so please post it when you're ready, and we'll read it and tell you our thoughts in a respectful manner.
 
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in regards to number 1, you of all people need to hear more of my story. I'm still debating posting it or not, but for me personally this seems to be true, but I would not go so far as to make that a general statement.
You already did write about parts of that story right? If its what im thinking about, please do. It sounded highly interesting based on the few anecdotes that you posted till now.
 
#7
I think this is a forum where you should feel free to post your experience without fear of ridicule, so please post it when you're ready, and we'll read it and tell you our thoughts in a respectful manner.
I think this site could really benefit from a new forum devoted only to personal experiences.This way they wouldn't be scattered all over the place as they are now.

Doug
 
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I think this site could really benefit from a new forum devoted only to experiences.This way they wouldn't be scattered all over the place as they are now.

Doug
YES I second that. It seems the best path to break the gridlock and staleness that people on here are complaining about. Create a forum where users can post their personal experiences, where we can discuss articles and research on personal experiences, and where, essentially, we can set up experiments to initiate new personal experiences. In the end, personal experience is all that matters to you!
 
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