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One more thing. Some have questioned why the brain would create some of the reported disturbing NDE's if it was out to create a pleasent hallucination to cope with the stress of death. My question then is who or what decides who goes where? If there is an afterlife then who gets to decide if it is a pleasant one or if it's horrible? Is it based on how we live our life? If so, what person or force judges how we lived? If we all go to "heaven" or have a pleasant afterlife then there wouldn't be any disturbing ones unless one is real and the other is not but then how can you tell? I would guess that, much like evolution, the hallucinations maybe random. Maybe some brains create the pleasant ones depending on how you lived or what religion you believed but it also creates the bad ones if you believed you were going to "hell" or if your life was motivated by hate. I know that I have no evidence for this but it seems more plausible than spook and spirits, goblins and gods.

Although I think Luis is sorta trolling us, I'll reply briefly to his critique.

"If there is no higher power or the supernatural, which we have no evidence for, how can there be an afterlife?" If materialism is true, then presumably there can't be an afterlife. But this merely begs the question. I would disagree that there's no evidence for the supernatural; this blog contains hundreds of posts that offer evidence.

"We have lots of evidence to suggest that we are just brains but none that shows a spirit interacting with it." Again, cases presented in hundreds of posts on this blog suggest otherwise.

"Where did it come from? Was it created at the moment of the big bang or is it part of the multiverse? How do we enter it? [etc.]" All these questions presuppose materialism. The way I look at it is that consciousness is more fundamental than matter. Matter is an emergent property of consciousness, not the other way around. Different planes of reality correspond to different levels and states of consciousness. The afterlife is not a physical place but a state of mind, and we enter this mental state after the limitations of our material existence are sloughed off.

"If there is an afterlife then who gets to decide if it is a pleasant one or if it's horrible? Is it based on how we live our life? If so, what person or force judges how we lived?" Again, it's a state of mind. People at a certain level of development (in terms of consciousness) will experience one sort of reality, while people at higher or lower levels of development will experience corresponding realities.

"Interesting comments but I just can't see any afterlife existing so the cause of NDE's has to be natural in origin."

Then you're not familiar with the serious literature on the subject.

"If there is no higher power or the supernatural, which we have no evidence for, how can there be an afterlife?"

The empirical evidence on the existence of an afterlife is independent of the existence of a higher power.

"Where did it come from? Was it created at the moment of the big bang or is it part of the multiverse? How do we enter it? Did man evolve a spirit or soul and how did we do it? How does the soul interact with the brain?"

Questions whose answers I do not know, but the fact remains that it is more likely that in light of NDEs, apparitions, mediumship and children who remember their past lives, there is an afterlife.

"We have lots of evidence to suggest that we are just brains but none that shows a spirit interacting with it."

That is unilateral, because there are NDEs, apparitions, mediumship and children who remember their past lives as evidence that we are spirits.

"It's much more reasonable to conclude that the all this evolved in our minds over millions of years due and the brain uses these images in time of need. The supernatural, gods, ghosts and the afterlife were created by us to alieviate the pain and fear of death and it has become so ingrained that the brain has tricked itself into manifesting it at our time of death."

Not when one takes seriously the psychic evidence.

Luis said:

"If there is an afterlife then who gets to decide if it is a pleasant one or if it's horrible?"

A funny reason to question the reality of the afterlife.

Reminds me of those argumentative fetuses in a previous post grappling with whether or not birth is survivable. The skeptical one says, "If there is really is life after birth, then who gets to decide if we're happy or miserable?"

"My question then is who or what decides who goes where? If there is an afterlife then who gets to decide if it is a pleasant one or if it's horrible?"

I suspect we gravitate to the situation to which we're best fitted - just as we do here in earthy life.

I am in the USA, I came across your blog while researching death experience. In Sept of 2014 I had congestive heart failure and I was told If I did not have heart surgery I would be dead within days. I had the triple bypass heart surgery, I barely survived. I had my Near Death Experience, I was floating above my body watching the surgery, then pulled into a tunnel of light at a fast pace. I did go to heaven but for me it was a beautiful forest. i think it is different for everyone. I saw my parents and grandfather there, I wanted to stay but I was told that at the age of 50, I had a lot more to do, I was able to talk with parents for only a short while just before I was pulled back into the light and was back in my own body. When I awoke 4 days had passed since the surgery. Read my story at http://gofundme.com/lesmiller I wish I could write a book about my experience, I was showed part of the future.

Dear Michael--

Thank you for drawing attention to my book and the Native American NDE that I published there. I have long wished that this NDE would become better known, and you have provided that service by publishing my account of it on your blog.

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