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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    Not count? I don't see that happening. It is more that anomalies appear, if they occur often enough that they are empirically measurable, then someone, somewhere is going to have enough interest in figuring out the reason why. What I do see happening is that some people are taking the 'I don't...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    This is a jump from, "I don't know how this could happen" to "No one, ever, will be smart enough to figure this out how this could happen".
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    I'm still around, I have been reading papers, as recommended by several people here :)
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    I don't know. The Human Brain Project is, right now, trying to address this very question. I would be pretty surprised if it succeeded or if it failed. Because I am interested in learning new things. I asked you the same question a while ago. I asked you if this project succeeded, would you...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    Oh! I think I found it in this quote from David in that forum: My understanding of this argument is this: atoms don't think. so collections of atoms can't think. therefore, anyone who believes atoms think is deluding themselves. Does that sound like a succinct recitation of your position, David?
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    Considering the words that he could have used, I thought his comment was thoughtful and considered. In fact, just 4 posts later, David is trying to explain to me why I should be happy and content to kill or injure my own child. Bertha, in case you are in any doubt, I find this statement...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    Ah. Well, I clarified my statement of 'complexity' to the more correct term of 'emergent property' in my discussion with David Bailey. Perhaps you could look at the two papers I cited for more information on this complex topic. It is entirely conceivable to say that consciousness is an emergent...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    And when they do, nothing beyond statistical chance happens. When someone claims they are telepathic or can move things by telekinesis, this seems an extraordinary claim. "Physics don't apply to me!" When they start making further claims about how they can't do it when someone is watching? It...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    If I love my child, which I do, then everything after the second sentence is just crazy talk. Again, you seem to make the leap from 'materialist' to 'psychopathic sociopath' with frightening ease. Humans are social, most primates are social. Hell, most *mammals* are social. Sociability works...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    Do I understand that you are saying that the 'realness' of the vision must be an indicator that NDE's are real, because a brain going through trauma would not be able to produce such an elevated state of experience?
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    Bippy made this same point, but I don't know where it's coming from. Is this a dogma? Can you perhaps suggest some sources on which you base this assumption? It seems to be correlated with his insistence that atheists are immoral. I know that religion is not the basis for your statement, so I am...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    He wrote that in 1950. Much research was poured into these areas during and after this time. They did not find anything that did not turn out to be a hoax or an effect that was not reproducible or did not regress to the mean. (I understand that many here vehemently disagree with this last...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    That work by Radin was almost immediately debunked when it came out. Or rather, the conclusions and his methodology were. (search for 'barenormality' and 'radin for a rerun' to see a thorough analysis. Most damning is the fact that researchers have been 'paying attention' to quantum level...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    Yes, I understand that. Yes, I don't see where the extra entity (an external mind) needs to be part of the picture. Or, let me rephrase this objection. Do you know of any testable proposition for the mechanism for this communication with an external mind? Are you positing an...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    We don't know, but there are several large scale experiments underway to find out. There is also a lot of work in this area trying to work out the how and the possible consequences of this (I cannot create links in this forum), such as the Whole Brain Emulation project. If I read you correctly...
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