After a lifetime of LD and all manner of experiences I am yet to be convinced that anything is outside of our head, I have not said I agree of disagree but that I dont know and have no proof of anything. As for the debate that there just must be because... well no there does not need to be at all. I would like there to be and I dont know and dont really speculate on it too much.
As for the sentence on paranormal experiences, I don't see what experiencing them in a living body would matter.
It would matter if it is all in out head and if when the power is turned off there is nothing anymore and so no experience.
So many people start to believe after say one near death experience, I have had some of these and they are the same as an OBE but in real time and possibly a trick of awareness and nothing more, I dont know. I do expect that one experiences and sometimes the desperation of the moment will greatly sway an opinion and become fact in someones mind.
This is a good thing but not for me
I don't understand... As far as what you believe, you seem neutral. You don't resign to one belief or another, yet you'd prefer there to be an afterlife, but you choose to believe there isn't one? I know that, just because there are so many people who question this, that there must be an afterlife isn't true, but it hints at it. I don't claim to know the truth, and neither does anyone. Or should they, at least.
As for me personally, I'd like there to be one, so I'll hope for it. If it turns out I'm wrong, so be it. I won't care, obviously. However, resigning to the belief that we are nothing more than machines, is a little depressing, and since the chances seem better from my perspective, I'll go with that.
Well, I'm not really talking about near-death experiences, but there are some mind-blowing stories about them. I'll tell you one... I don't remember much of it, but I'll get to the most interesting part.
This lady was in a near-death experience (by the way, your heart stopping for a duration is the only real NDE), and she was in the hospital. She explained what was like an OBE. She was out of body, watching her mother and someone else talking (keep in mind, the daughter was unconscious in another room). The mother said she was going to step outside for a cigarette. The daughter didn't know her mother smoked, and when the daughter questioned the mother about it, it not only turned out to be true, but she was also able to recollect the conversation, perfectly. She was technically dead.
Interesting story, and one that gets me thinking about things. There was also an atheist who had a near death experience, who told of a horrifying experience. Tied to a post, unable to move, feeling very scared, he said it was Hell. Then, a giant hand came through the darkness, with a thundering voice, and released him. He described that as God. Keep in mind, this was an atheist. Well, until that experience, at least. I don't know if you've had a real NDE, or just a close call, but for a real NDE, you need to be technically dead. Heart stopped, brain stopped, dead. Then revived.
In my mind, I think there is a better chance of something more, so that's what I'll go with. If I strongly believed the other way, then I would live with it, even if it meant being less happy. I go with what I think is the truth, and since no one can say for sure, I'll go with my intuition.