IMEs are simple hallucinations

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Argument againstThis argument is an objection to Near-death experiences show an invisible reality.
Keywords: consciousness, death, immortality, survival, medicine, testimonies, occultism, soul, afterlife, neuroscience, hallucination, beliefs, deceased, metaphysics[ edit ].


We mean hallucination in the common sense of the term, i.e. "subjective delusions", rather like visions of pink elephants! IMEs resemble delusions, which are often accompanied by the delusional person's feeling that his or her experience is "real".



Arguments forJustifications

  • Argument forIMEs are like dreams
  • Argument forIMEs reflect the beliefs and mythical images in which they are immersed.
  • Argument forThe sensation of leaving one's body is produced by stimulation of the right parietal cortex.
  • Argument forSome people who testify to their IME lie to make it more sensationalist (more sellable to the media or if they decide to write a book about it).

Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstHallucinations are very diverse, but IMEs always follow a similar scenario.
  • Argument againstHallucinations are accompanied by a very active electroencephalogram, whereas IMEs can take place with a flat EEG.
  • Argument againstHallucinations often generate anxiety, IMEs lead to serenity
  • Argument againstIMEs affect normal personalities who are not delusional.
  • Argument againstIME memories are stronger and more coherent than those of imagined events

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