I only scanned the article but I am familiar with the argument. I think it is impossible to tell, frankly. It is possible that people remember the experience upon waking in the way that they have heard over & over again that it happens. Or it is possible that they actually got a glimpse of the afterlife, though again I think they were probably seeing what they expected because the brain gave them that coping mechanism, thus some people see Jesus, others the Buddha, while others only see loved ones. It does not explain the many people who have the same physical experiences & report that they saw absolutely nothing, or those who saw some very different things.
at 10:41 AM on Oct. 17, 2009