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Old 11th October 2006, 02:50 AM   #1
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Hi. I'm just watching Raymond Moody's video, Life After Life. I was wondering if anyone has researched the making of it. The point of it is to show how the apparent near death experiences of the six interviewees are incredibly similar. And they are, and it is quite compelling.
There's a caption at the beginning that says these are six of thousands of interviews Moody has conducted. So the skeptic obviously thinks, how many of the thousands of others said, "I had no experience at all. Just a blackness"?
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had researched Moody's methods.
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Old 11th October 2006, 03:01 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by jonronson View Post
So the skeptic obviously thinks, how many of the thousands of others said, "I had no experience at all. Just a blackness"?
Or, perhaps more to the point, how many reported something, but not something sufficiently similar to what was reported by other interviewees?
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Originally Posted by jonronson View Post
Hi. I'm just watching Raymond Moody's video, Life After Life. I was wondering if anyone has researched the making of it. The point of it is to show how the apparent near death experiences of the six interviewees are incredibly similar. And they are, and it is quite compelling.
There's a caption at the beginning that says these are six of thousands of interviews Moody has conducted. So the skeptic obviously thinks, how many of the thousands of others said, "I had no experience at all. Just a blackness"?
It's an excellent question. The File Drawer Effect is a problem in a lot of parapsychology. Research not in support of the preferred conclusion is set aside while research in support is paraded for the world. I imagine there are many who had no experience at all, many who had experiences not really similar to the six, and many who had similar experience.

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Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had researched Moody's methods.
I have not, but I suspect he does not address the alternate explanations which have been found in medicine, e.g. that the same experience is common to people using some drugs, etc.
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I have not, but I suspect he does not address the alternate explanations which have been found in medicine, e.g. that the same experience is common to people using some drugs, etc.
Not to mention military pilots who are subjected to high G blackouts in centrifuge training.

It seems that the "tunnel of light", euphoria, dreamlike images of people and places etc. are all common symptoms of depriving the brain of oxygen for a brief period.

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Old 12th October 2006, 12:37 PM   #5
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There's an article (excerpt) on this very topic which may be of interest in the latest issue of New Scientist magazine.

(And the article on mass hysteria looks interesting too.)

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