One of my blog posts about a boy who claimed he had an out of body experience, visited "heaven", and returned to his body to live again, stirred my thoughts toward how common these near death experiences really are.
Stephen Hawking recently announced he believed heaven to be a fairytale. And of course, people came to heaven's rescue, to proclaim just how real heaven is, and how ludicrous it is for him to claim such a thing. One of the respondents to the article linked above, argued that if he (Hawking) would visit this website, then he would be a believer.
I searched for the NDERF, or Near Death Expereince Research Foundation, on TA, but the search returned no results. Thus, I present to you a website ran by a medical doctor and an attorney (apparently members of larger "International" organizations) who present these stories as measurable data to support the belief in an afterlife.
To start off, I'd like to ask: With no way to verify the veracity of these accounts, even being related first-hand, how can this be presented as support for life-after-death?
Hitchens deals with NDEs in this video. Fast forward to 59:00 to listen to him rip it apart.
wtf! the video autoplays -.-
Sucks for people with a limited download plan
"To start off, I'd like to ask: With no way to verify the veracity of these accounts, even being related first-hand, how can this be presented as support for life-after-death? "