If so, then he should share it on his facebook with like minded individuals and leave it at that. However, I don't think ASF really wants that; he has always been fine with having discussions and debates about these things.
That being said, you're right about the "/thread" stuff. It really is irksome and arrogant.
Stuff like this is amusing. The mental gymnastics that take place when science goes in the face of theology... and then when someone makes a completely unscientific, purely anecdotal claim, it gets put out like this.
I hear lots of these stories about people who die and get a taste of the "afterlife" usually all positive stuff.
How about we hear a bit from the guy who dies and goes to hell for a while? That's the story im interested in!
Regardless of the reality of the afterlife, the human brain is the final frontier. Not space.
That isn't debate.
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The whole point of a "sacred" thing is that it is above discussion. Many people would find offensive mere questioning of a sacred thing regardless of how respectfully it is done.
Personally, I think that I would be much more relaxed about these things if we did not have as many problems with religious values being pushed into schools, politics, currency, pledges, etc.
I also happen to think that teaching children about hell being a real place where people get tortured is a form of child abuse.
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What exactly is the selection advantage to neurons behaving in a particular way at death? And in a way the produces a particularly pleasing, and remarkably consistent experience? NDEs are still very very rare, so Im not sure mathematically it makes sense to say the the genes that cause these NDE give a selection advantage to those who have them to such a degree that they are likely to go back and leave more descendants than those who dont. Maybe it does, I dunno, I havent studied genetics in a decade..
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One of the more interesting things about his experience was the, "You can do no wrong" part. How will he reconcile that with his Christian faith? What if he chooses to disbelieve? What if he commits grave sins and does not ask for forgiveness? If he can do no wrong, than what was the point of sending him to this life in the first place? Why not just grant him immediate access to the heavens, if none of his actions are ever to be judged? O
I admit that I find it funny that the article (and posters in this thread) seems to imply that this is evidence for Christianity when the experiences described could have been the afterlife of any religion. Not that it's surprising.
Last edited by PeterMP; October-11th-2012 at 01:37 PM.
The only criteria for believing these things is personal bias.
I wonder if he saw Sookie.
natec124, I agree. Nice post.
Thanks for the sig LCSF
What makes you think that we can't experience it?
Whatever you call them and whatever people are experiencing (god vs. odd neuron firing), the experiences are "there" so to state that we can't experience is incorrect.
Do you see a way we can test for neural behavior during near death experiences that we can't explain?
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