Mon, Jun 18 2012 at 12:05 PM
Since I've had both experiences, I figured I should put in my oar. A double-blind could have been constructed here to have two groups; one told what they would experience, and the other only told to experience a generalization, like, what they thought death might be like. Since they did not do this, how would researchers know what was merely "reproduced" via suggestion and what would be a genuinely self-generated proof of theory? Even then you are still comparing one lucid dream (about dying) to another lucid dream (about NDEs)! If they can indeed prove that the same parts of the brain are in use during both an NDE and a lucid dream, that would be a very interesting discovery. Much as finding the receptive 'spot' in the brain that allows our minds to experience spirituality. But it seems to me they've ruined any hope of validating their findings by the way they have run their experiment. I can't speak to OBEs, but a lucid dream of an NDE is not the same as experiencing an actual NDE. The key phrase in this article is "reproduce an NDE." In lucid dreaming, it's common practice to give one's self the suggestion of what you want to 'do' once dreaming (otherwise it can be much harder to maintain lucidity). If you told someone to set an intention to lucidly dream about having an OBE, or even an NDE, they would certainly be able to do so quite realistically given enough facts. But, that dream would only demonstrate where the brain was utilizing this previously acquired waking knowledge to inform the imaginings in play. Interesting, but not what they say the study is about.