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  •  "There is no reason to be sure..." isn't a reason. (0+ / 0-)

    Personal experience is not evidence.  Doubt is not evidence.  Wishful thinking of "there must be something more" is not evidence.  A desire for spirituality, or a desire for immortality, or a fear of death is all not evidence.  None of this is proof of anything except that the brain has odd reactions to damage.

    As far as what "our senses can comprehend", you do know that measurements of the brain are no longer just done with the unmodified eyeball or ear, so that argument from credulity is useless.

    Finally, you and your co-arguers are taking a fairly simple concept (brain damage causes odd neural reactions) and complicating it unduly with a lot of duality-this and spirit-that.  What you're not doing is backing up your assertions with anything except for wishful thinking. (The experience of lights or sounds is not evidence for anything more.) Collect data or find someone who has done so, or accept the fact that what you're talking about it another kind of religion, mysticism not science.

    •  Why is it so damned important to you to try to (0+ / 0-)

      change the belief systems of others? What really bugs me about this post and the comments is that lack of respect for beliefs other than your own.

      My own son is an atheist. I respect his beliefs. Please respect mine.

      By the way, your arguments in favor of your point of view do not impress me. And the reason you aren't impressed with ours is because we have no need to prove anything or impose our beliefs on others. That's why we're liberals.

      •  Because beliefs become actions (0+ / 0-)

        And those actions affect people other than just yourself.

        Nobody is denying your experience.  They are questioning your conclusions of its "meaning."

        Thank you for your submission to Science. Your paper was reviewed by seventh graders for balance. They found your paper "bogus," describing the lab work as "boring." We will be unable to publish your work at this time.

        by Rrhain on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 10:55:44 PM PDT

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