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Two articles by Victor Stenger that woos like Deepak Chopra and Robert Lanza should read and try to understand

The late physicist Victor Stenger didn’t like the ideas of Deepak Chopra, Robert Lanza, and other woos. So he tried to debunk their thought paradigms. In the two articles below you can all see that professor Stenger has got many very good arguments against Chopra, Lanza and others who believe in a soul and that consciousness survives the physical death of the human body.

1) See http://www.csicop.org/si/show/quantum_quackery/ . An article by Victor Stenger. A quote: Quantum physics is claimed to support the mystical notion that the mind creates reality. However, an objective reality, with no special role for consciousness, human or cosmic, is consistent with all observations.

2)See http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/Quantum/QuantumConsciousness.pdf . Yet another article by Victor Stenger. A quote: The overwhelming weight of evidence […] shows not a hint of a violation of reductionist, local, discrete, nonsuperluminal, nonholistic relativity and quantum mechanics – with no fundamental involvement of human consciousness other than in our own subjective perception of whatever reality is out there. Of course, our thinking processes have a strong influence on what we perceive. But to say that what we perceive therefore determines, or even controls, what is out there is without rational foundation.

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A very good and extensive – and therefore highly commendable – Dictionary of Hallucination

I found this site the other day while surfing on the internet: http://hallucinations.enacademic.com/ .

A whole dictionary full of hallucination-related entries. From A to Z.

Let me quote one of the many posts in that dictionary, the one about heautoscopy:

Heautoscopy

   Also written as héautoscopy. Both terms stem from the Greek words heautou (‘of oneself’) and skopeô (I am looking at). They translate loosely as ‘seeing oneself’ or ‘seeing [something] of oneself’. In the older literature heau-toscopy is also designated as heautoscopy proper, autohallucination, hallucination of the self, and ” dissimilar autoscopy.
The German-Greek neologism Heautoskopie was introduced in or shortly before 1935 by the Austrian psychiatrist Erich Menninger-Lerchenthal (d. 1966) to denote an ” autoscopic phenomenon in which a hallucinated “doppelgänger or “double is identified as one-self,despite the lack of an exact physica lresemblance to the affected individual. In Menninger-Lerchental’s own words, “All of a sudden an individual sees himself facing himself.
This manifestation looks more or less like himself, but is experienced at any rate, also when it displays certain dissimilarities with the real person, as identical with it, i.e., with one self. This scares the percipient out of his wits, and for a long time it makes a profound impression on him; he cannot ignore this manifestation. To him it is an experience.
This act does not constitute a mere visual misperception. It is nothing less than a part of him that is experiencedduring a few moments.” To this Menninger-Lerchenthal adds, “More important than the absolute semblance are any differences between the genuine and the hallucinated body. The latter can be significantly older or younger in appearance. It can also strike the heautoscopist as alien, even though he knows that it is he himself.”
To emphasize the relative unimportance of the lack of semblance with one’s actual physical appearance, the French physician and psychologist Paul Auguste Sollier (1861-1933) had priorly coined the term dissimilar autoscopy to denote this phenomenon. Before Sollier, the German psychiatrist Friedrich Wilhelm Hagen (1814-1888) had referred to the same phenomenon by the term “deuteroscopy.
Heautoscopy may be accompanied by somaesthetic or vestibular sensations and feelings of derealization and depersonalization. Phenomenologically, heautoscopic doubles tend to present as diaphanous or ‘ghost-like’ three-dimensional bodies.
In cases where more than one double is perceived, the term ” polyopic heautoscopy applies. The earliest known account of polyopic heautoscopy was published in 1826 by the German physiologist and zoologist Johannes Peter Müller (1801-1858).
Where some doubles in polyopic heautoscopy are perceived as men and others as women, the term “heterosexual heautoscopy is used. The term ” negative heautoscopy is a synonym for “negative autoscopy (i.e. the transient failure to perceive one’s own mirror image in a mirror [cf. vampires who are also not seen in mirrors; this remark added by me]).
The term ‘heautoscopy without optical image’ is a synonym for ” sensed presence.
Heautoscopy may occur in healthy individuals, but it has also been described in the context of a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Etiologically, it is associated with conditions such as epilepsy, migraine, brain tumour, ischaemia, and infection, but also with psychiatric disorders such as ” psychotic disorder, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, and ” dissociative disorder.
Pathophysiologically, heautoscopy is associated primarily with aberrant neuronal activity in an area at the temporo-parieto-occipital junction. It is sometimes classified as a variant of the group of “reduplicative hallucinations”
MY COMMENT: Isn’t this thrilling reading? At least it is to me.
BTW: Read about Temporo-parietal-junction (TPJ) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporoparietal_junction . Especially this section: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporoparietal_junction#Out-of-body_experiences .
And if you’re not too tired, take a look also at this article: http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/afterlife/science-life-after-death1.htm . The title is: Has science explained life after death?
Finally, don’t forget to read this blog here on bbnewsblog: https://bbnewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/as-i-said-before/

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Dr. Sam Parnia’s AWARE-study at last being published. As I said before…

At last the long awaited AWARE study about the authenticity of NDEs as evidence of a surviving soul has been published; see: http://www.resuscitationjournal.com/article/S0300-9572(14)00739-4/fulltext + http://awareofaware.co/2014/10/07/as-i-said-before/ .

Here are two other links to blog articles where the findings of this study are discussed: 1) http://awareofaware.co/2014/10/07/breaking-news-the-aware-study-is-finally-published/ . And 2) http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/10/life-after-death-this-is-what-people-experience-as-the-brain-shuts-down.php .

In my opinion the results from this AWARE-study must be considered disheartening and depressing for those believing that NDEs are evidence of a soul that survives the bodily (physical) death.

Dr. Parnia lists three symptoms of clinical death: 1) Lasting cardiac arrest; 2) No breathing (= the lungs have stopped functioning); and 3) Brain death (= a non-functioning brain, i.e. no detectable electrical activity in the brain).

I’m prone to think that Dr. Parnia is wrong in (t)his definition of clinical death. The premise #3 should – is bound to? – be reconsidered and redefined soon. See for example this article: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/1000360/ and this one: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-23672150 and this one: http://io9.com/a-new-scientific-explanation-for-near-death-experiences-1110395345 .

In the final paragraph of this blog that I’m now reblogging the blogger admits that “we are still waiting for hard evidence for the existence of the soul through a verified OBE/NDE”.

In my own words that’s like saying that this AWARE-study by Dr. Sam Parnia et al. more looks like a fiasco.

AwareofAware

So, I have now had a chance to review the entire paper that has been published in Resuscitation, and I hate to say it, but I told you so.

In a previous post I pointed out that it is common practice for key results to be released at conferences, and subsequent publications in journals to be a rehash of these results but with far more detail, and discussion, and that is precisely what has happened with this first full publication from the AWARE study (I say first, as I suspect that there will be more in years to come, especially given the recent sizeable grant given to the team by the Templeton foundation). This data has been presented in summary form in Dr Parnia’s book and at the American Heart Association last year.

Basically there were two NDEs which had visual or auditory recall…in other words, they saw or…

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Muslim Assimilation – Statistics

Revealing statistics about how and why (and in what respects) Muslims have difficulties assimilating to an ordinary life in Western Christian or secular countries.

Muslim Statistics

Muslims have highest claimed disability rates in the UK (24% of men, 21% of women)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1340599/WikiLeaks-1-3-British-Muslim-students-killing-Islam-40-want-Sharia-law.html

2011: 16% of UK prisoners in 2010 are Muslim (Muslims comprise about 3% of the total population)
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5j9EvY-ZaN9jm1TF2wT-EK28RTRDQ?docId=N0256451319500798601A

Pakistani Muslims in the UK are three times more likely to be unemployed than Hindus. Indian Muslims are twice as likely to be unemployed as Indian Hindus.
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/daniel-greenfield/islams-universal-economic-failure/2/

Policy Exchange: 1 in 4 Muslims in the UK have never heard of the Holocaust;
Only 34% of British Muslims believe the Holocaust ever happened.
http://www.imaginate.uk.com/MCC01_SURVEY/Site%20Download.pdf
http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/ShariaLawOrOneLawForAll.pdf

Policy Exchange: 51% of British Muslims believe a woman cannot marry a non-Muslim
Only 51% believe a Muslim woman may marry without a guardian’s consent
http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/ShariaLawOrOneLawForAll.pdf

Policy Exchange: Up to 52% of British Muslims believe a Muslim man is entitled to up to four wives
http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/ShariaLawOrOneLawForAll.pdf

Policy Exchange: 61% of British Muslims want homosexuality punished
http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/ShariaLawOrOneLawForAll.pdf

NOP Research: 62% of British…

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