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  •  if nothing else, it's an interesting depiction of (4+ / 0-)

    a near-death experience from someone with a non-functioning neo-cortex.

    And written by a neurosurgeon.   That in itself, I think, makes it interesting--whether you believe his implications or not.

    •  It is very interesting (4+ / 0-)
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      It is hardly new stuff, and--admittedly I have not read it--it is not proof of anything.  Similar experiences are reported from stroke victims (See, "My Stroke of Insight"), which have nothing to do with afterlife or near-death.  Clearly, there are powerful inklings of otherworldly truths, lurking in our intuitive brains.  It could be all physiology, it could be that within our brain chemistry lies knowledge planted by Him or Her.

      It is interesting stuff.  IMO, it does not prove a case for God.  You really can take it as proof either way--and me, perhaps just my biases, I take it as slightly more proof against the existence of god.  

      We now understand that visions and such can be produced by our powerful brains.  Joan of Arc did not know that.  Centuries ago, visions were decent evidence, reasonable reasons to pray or obey the voices in your head, or your prophet's head.  Today, that is no longer sufficient evidence.

      But, what's the point of knowing or not knowing?  What's the reason you choose to pray or go to church?  Test it against that test-- is this good or useful for what I can know and touch right now, or based on reproduceable evidence, can expect to know or touch tomorrow?

    •  Basic logical error. (5+ / 0-)

      Argument from Authority.

      Being a neurosurgeon does not mean that you can infallibly describe your own mental states when you were in no condition to bear witness to anything.

      As the saying goes, "The lawyer who argues his own cases has a fool for a client"

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 12:12:56 AM PST

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