Dr Sartori asks us to read her book with an open mind. To put aside polarising issues concerning whether or not recalled near-death experiences indicate there is an afterlife, or, whether they are merely the result of a brain malfunction.
Instead she argues that these experiences often have very real relevance to the experient, Continue reading →
1) Hidden away in this paper is a quote which I’ve always found really interesting from perhaps his best congenitally blind subject, Vicki, who said she was never able to discriminate colours during her OBE NDE, but only “…different shades of brightness…”. Continue reading →
Dias & Ressler’s new paper which indicates that fear conditioned memories from male IVF donor mice can be inherited by both their children, as well as their grandchildren, even though they had been killed by the IVF harvesting procedure, some time before their offspring were even conceived.
Eric Nestler wanted to remove any possible contact by the defeated rodent fathers, with the impregnated female rodent, so used IVF. Comparing the results against defeated rodent fathers who conceived naturally. The offspring never meet their father in all the experiments.
Nestler assumed that if the transmission was really Epigenetic, (through the sperm of the rodent father) there would be no difference between the inheritance effect in IVF offspring, compared to naturally conceived offspring.
However, he found a big difference between the inheritance effect in IVF, compared to natural conception. The problem is he still found an inheritance effect in IVF, just more subdued. Indicating something much more complex is going on. Continue reading →
When I visited the Etruscan tombs in Tarquina, Italy a couple of years ago, I was interested in wall paintings from the second half of the 3rd Century BC, showing the dead tomb owner
“…preceded by a child and followed by Vanth-Etruscan female demon of death fitted with torch to light up the dark way to the afterlife. The dead person arrives in front of the Hades door, in front of which Caronte is seated on a rock, as the dead person is received by two members of the family already dead…”
I felt there were quite a few similarities with the modern day classic NDE. Over 2200 years have past since this wall painting was made, and it was pretty awe inspiring to stand in front of it. Made me wonder whether the underlying NDE concepts have really changed that much since then.
Mika Iwasaki, and Tatsu Hirukawa flew over from Japan to present their research on 18 new Japanese Near Death Experience (NDE) at the 2013 SPR Annual Conference. Their intention is to try to reinvigorate this type of research, which has lapsed in Japan.
I don’t really know very much about the Japanese NDE, but the 18 NDE’s which they presented, appeared to me to be pretty indistinguishable from western NDE’s, contrary to what I had been expecting. They featured the bright light and tunnel etc. (communication was quite difficult with the team, so I can’t be absolutely definite). I was expecting to hear descriptions of recalled imagery which included ‘caves’ (as opposed to a tunnel), demonstrating the different cultural imagery between the Japanese and the classic western NDE.
Mika and Tatsu kindly provided us all with a hand-out containing a summary of the main points of their presentation. You can download a PDF scan of it I made here: NDE_18_cases_from_japan.pdf
Rather than invoking something that leaves the experiencers body as an explanation for the verifiable OBE portion of the NDE. It’s possible that these experiences might involve the use of third party/ies eyes, or, more accurately third parties conscious awareness. Using conscious awareness offers a possible explanation for the common lack of body, and field theories of consciousness (McFadden, Pockett) make a lot of sense to me.