Yes, I agree.Regarding whether social engineering is going on, you betcha! The last thing the Diabolical Powers that Be want is a society that believes there might be life and a destination after death or that the way we managed our lives on Earth could possibly have consequences then and there.
Thank you Alex for this site!! I am from Canada. I have been on your site for many years & only today realized i was not a member. I just signed up today & this is my 1st post.
I had a nde when i was 42. All my life being raised Catholic, i always believed we were judged. All my life, until my nde. To have believed something for so long, & then to do a 180, is something that is near impossible. That to me, as well as the rest of the amazing experience that has changed my life, was the cherry on the cake. I keep reminding myself of this point, as i am so scientifically minded, that I look for ways to prove it away. In essence i am also proving it to myself, that it's real. Hope that makes sense.
As to Dr Greyson's last comment about the mental aspect; many of us have side effects. I have voices "in my head". Many voices. It's like walking into a mall & everyone is talking in groups. Then as you start to become more aware & "listen", someone or some groups notices you & starts talking to you.
I have had many tests & they found some weird brain patterns but nothing can explain what these are. They started around Christmas of that same year back in 2002. Always loving voices, male & female. I thought i had lost my mind as this was not "normal". I even thought perhaps i was schizophrenic. I began researching what a nde was & i devoured all information, trying to basically proving to myself that i was sane & not alone.
I spoke with Dr Fenwick when I went down to the IANDS conference in Denver, many years ago. He told me that my brain was like a radio which after my nde, made it possible to pick up more stations than prior to it. He told me not to be afraid.
I have learned to tune "them" down to a dull roar, as they say. It's been difficult, many times i thought i was crazy. Working as an accountant, where detail work is done, was difficult. I was overwhelmed many times, so i understand about the brain being a filter. If we get everything that is out there, every sound, it would drive us insane. Just having these voices many times led me to thinking about suicide. I think what saved me was also knowing that this was not the end & that there was a reason i was hearing more than the normal person. That we came here to experience life & this for some unfathomable reason, was something i had to deal with, here on earth.
There are other side effects. Not just for me but others who have had these ndes. I am so happy to hear as more & more of the truth comes out that people are opening their minds to belief. Also happy to hear there are people out there willing to help, that have some knowledge & understanding, as well as a non-judgemental open mind.
I have purchased most of the books you refer to in your shows. I did purchase the one from Dr. Greyson, as well as others he has written or co/written. Looking forward to reading it.
Alex, please keep doing these interviews. They are a true help for everyone.
agreed. It seems pretty obvious. and that makes it even more interesting / curious when Greyson can't go there.
I think this blind spot has big implications regarding the future of this science.
This is a subject that has been endlessly discussed here on Skeptiko. I think my take on this is that the brain seems to tidy up certain experiences by deleting things (rather like Alex's moderation :)). This is why we usually forget our dreams very quickly after waking up. My partner occasionally has night terrors, and if I ask her about her dream even a few seconds later, she has forgotten!Great interview! Now this is the type of stuff that's lively and gets my attention. One thing Alex let this guy get away with is this! How come only %20 of people have these??? Everybody else that have them not worthy??? Don't remember??? WTF? When we pass or pass and come back we should all have them you would think?
Social engineering or just the place we find ourselves, what I will agree on is that we are in the midst of a crypto-religion. The foundational faith of this crypto-religion is that phenomenal consciousness just sort of pops into existence from unconscious physical processes. Ask someone for the epistemology of that and the best they can do is correlation implying causation, they have nothing better to back it up. That's not a reasoned belief, it's a faith.
News just in, the sun comes up in the morning because I put sunblock on.
I went to bed one night after an unusually strenuous day and slept uncommonly soundly and awoke feeling very strange but not at all uneasy. I suspect my tired heart may have taken a rest during the night. The stopped blood flow may have caused my consciousness to enter a place I was not supposed to be. I guess I must have been booted out from there and was not granted to retain even a smidgen of a memory of it. It must have been a very nice place. I imagine They didn't want me spending the rest of my life on Earth crying.This is why we usually forget our dreams very quickly after waking up. My partner occasionally has night terrors, and if I ask her about her dream even a few seconds later, she has forgotten!
My hunch is that that mechanism sometimes gets invoked by the brain and it tidies away a newly experienced NDE!
I went to bed one night after an unusually strenuous day and slept uncommonly soundly and awoke feeling very strange but not at all uneasy. I suspect my tired heart may have taken a rest during the night. The stopped blood flow may have caused my consciousness to enter a place I was not supposed to be. I guess I must have been booted out from there and was not granted to retain even a smidgen of a memory of it. It must have been a very nice place. I imagine They didn't want me spending the rest of my life on Earth crying.
You are beginning to experience enlightenment, Shane! I can only wish to attain that plateau. However, though dull and boring, fuzzy and mixed up my dreams may be, I'm freed from physical aches and pains. I guess that counts for something...I have dreams that are so incredibly real, so indelibly vivid, that they make waking life look like repetitious nonsense.