Imagine my relief today when I opened up BBC News in my RSS reader and discovered that near-death experiences are now explained! Should I demand all my money back that I've spent on countless NDE books? "Not so fast," says the faux angel on my shoulder. Scientists have merely observed a spike in gamma brain waves at the moment of cardiac arrest in lab rats. This could mean a number of things. One Seth quote that has lingered with me is, to paraphrase, "The reason that we consider physical death to be a terminal event is that we are unable to observe the transformation of energy." A massive transformation of "energy" occurs at the moment of physical death, a fact that has been anecdotally documented by contemporary near-death researchers... they are generally labeled "shared NDEs." Perhaps what scientists are witnessing is such an event. So, perhaps scientists need to do more research (and journalists more proofreading) before announcing that NDEs are "explained."
And a side note... I've been getting lots of hits lately on a post that I wrote several years ago about Jonas Elrod. Some are following links suggesting that Elrod is a "fake"... others follow links that suggest that he's truthful. I am embarrassed to confess that I no longer remember who Jonas Elrod is. And I'm too embarrassed to re-read my article to refresh my memory. As I've mentioned a number of times, I no longer follow the paranormal. I don't think I've missed a thing. I now describe myself as a meta-physicist (or meta-physician); I'm interested in the study of consciousness and in the way consciousness interacts with what we call "reality." While I find lots to suggest that the materialistic viewpoint is valid--it's hard to argue with measurable reality and validated facts--I also find lots of niggling flaws and contradictions that also suggest that the reality that we consider valid is, in fact, manufactured, created. Reality is simply more complex than we currently are consciously able to observe. Paranormal researchers study the "mistakes" in the matrix and attempt to map an alternative reality. However, if consciousness "forms" reality, then is it not also "forming" paranormal reality? In other words... a study of paranormal phenomena will be skewed by the paranormal beliefs of the observer and may be no more "true" than observations of the conventional materialist.