When in a NDE your body is shut off. You are in a trauma. You don't feel a thing. I believe he related he was unresponsive. There is a difference between that and when your body is still communicating and you feel it. There is a difference between dodging a bullet or being hurt and still functioning, and being totally incapacitated and still conscious.<quoted text>What I would say, what I will say is the only scientific proof in the story is that Alexander was in a coma, due to an infection of the cerebral cortex. That is all that can be verified.
<quoted text> I think he wants to sell books.
<quoted text> Or, nothing happened during the coma, since there was no higher function brain activity. Whatever it is he remembers could be from just before the coma, after the coma, or a dream afterwards. He mentions that he wrote things down for days and weeks after.
What if he had some bizarre hallucinatory stage as he came out of the coma or close to death state and he recalled the hallucination over the next few days, now it's developed into an NDE, when it was just a brain in *kickstart* mode?
What if that is what every NDE is?
What I just mentioned is just as valid a hypothesis as the NDE is.
<quoted text> For now, I agree.
Who knows what we'll be able to determine in the next 10-50 years?
<quoted text> That and the cocktail of antibiotics fighting the infection in his cortex, and other drugs used to maintain body functions(electrolytes, nutrition etc...). I'm sure he was hooked up to all sorts of equipment, IV's, and other apparatus.
<quoted text> Yeah, NDE's do vary, and when they talk about the "core experience". There are a total of 7 components of the "core experience, and here's the thing, you need only have 1 of those out of the 7 to be classified as having a "core experience(Unless they've changed criteria).
This is my opinion — that doesn't help the case of NDE proponents.
There should be a minimum number of the "core experiences" in order to qualify.
<quoted text> Yeah, and guess what, Dave? It doesn't bother me to die. I agree, I'd prefer to not have an oak tree fall on me and be crushed, in pain for 5 hours, or linger on in a hospital bed and broken leading up to my demise.
My eventual death does not worry me at all.
<quoted text> Or maybe not.
To say you have to go through a brush with death(which I have), and experience an NDE(which I haven't) in order to not fear death is pure conjecture.
Each experience varies, but the fact is you have a detached consciousness. There may be repair work going on in other places of the brain. The memories may be a result of sensations and activity that manifest as memories, or dreams as you say. From what I gather in his experience under normal medical understanding he was out of it. Seven days.
It is not something you can discount just because you want to believe so. Such events have been going on for eons.
As I have said before, if you are dying, it is better to have something to wait for or do and then just go to sleep, than it is not going to sleep and having nothing to do or place to go to. That is where I was.