But other scientists disagree and make strong arguments. There is incontrovertiable evidence, for example, that physical alterations to the brain impact the operation of the mind. Researchers have been able to produce out-of-body experiences by electrical manipulation of the left temporal lobe.
I maintain that the question as to whether an afterlife -- in the sense of survival of the individual personality -- is open. Why can't we leave it at that?
What scientists haven't been able to replicate, but have been able to quantifiably observe is the sort of information that flows through in mediumship / clair abilities - that is outside of the parameters of physical ranges of some, but not all.
The arguments against it have a couple of flawed premises - one that time and space are linear - and if we are honest we will notice how this has been used to control the 'masses', we 'sell' blocks of it, we 'conquer' and we treat it as enemy, obstacle or means to an end. The other, used for the same purpose is that we are all 'separate' and in reality we are part of a microcosm and macrocosm of energy in motion, the separation can be cut up any way you like - your liver is not your eye, your spleen is not your blood, and yet all of them are part of the body of 'you'. Humans are not elephants, plants are not lizards, but all ecosystems make up the planet. The sun is not Venus and Aries is not Neptune, but all of them are made up of the same elements in different densities creating energy in motion. No matter how minute or how majestic you go everything is a part of the entirety.
Time and space is not linear and not confined except in our minds as we have agreed to organise them in our societies, any more than we are 'individual' in our natures or our building blocks or our labelling.
For those who have learned to read and interpret energy in wider spheres and outside of the 'laws' of space and time, in the same way that we learn to read and interpret stimuli and information that is perceptible and accepted as here and now, there is wider access to the all of information, our capacity to process it is limited only by our willingness to pay attention and be honest about what it is we are perceiving.
It doesn't surprise me that Susan Blackmore using it as a means to an end failed to be able to replicate it. You can't 'trick' the universe, the energy of the universe is constantly 'now' constantly 'here' and constantly pure, collapsed, reality.
Like energies merge and disparate energies separate. Unlike in science you can't 'fudge' reality. What she actually might have concluded is this - not that eternal consciousness is not 'real', but that eternal consciousness is 'true' in the highest possible meaning of the word and cannot be fudged.
I have seen those with brilliant clair abilities 'lose it' under pressure of other stimuli in their midst. I've seen those who've been honest and simply said, sorry, I can't reach the vibration or frequency. I've seen others when instead of pure attention and delivery have 'fudged' drawing things from their brains by visual cues. The difference in frequency and quality of the information is huge. The difference is always whether pure love/openness has been shrunken by some degree of fear or unwillingness to be open to what 'is'.
Just like in the LOA you can't 'fudge' intention, you can't tune into abundance if you harbour a 'lack' of gratitude and generosity. If one is honest they know the frequency they are tuned into. Just as we learned to 'choose' the right word, or to sing the right note, or take up the right tool or put the exact right hue onto our paint brushes to faithfully paint something the quality of the energy frequency can be chosen. Those who say they cannot write well say so in fear and abdication of willingness to learn the energies of words, those who say they cannot sing do the same but we don't say that notes across the wide range of scales don't exist, we know it is unwillingness to learn and train the instrument - our voices, in the case of painting training our eyes... training our hearts and minds in honesty of the ability to absorb and interpret and communicate all energy levels takes guts, it takes effort in undoing all the falsities we've built up in fear.
This is where some areas of science steps back, not in capacity, but in courage. Not in inability but in unwillingness.
Einstein admitted as much when they excluded the 'weird, freaky stuff'. Freud admitted as much to Carl Jung when he refused to include synchronicity and precognition into his body of work in case it brought the rest of his work into ridicule.
We choose. We constantly choose that which we will 'allow' into our perceptions and if we live in the notion of separateness and linear time and space we constantly have to deny that which is true, building stories around it, projecting the denial onto others who refuse to tow the party line.
This is also where religions created enemies of those who refused to deny it - in both cases the root of it is money - commerce and power.
The oneness of everything favours no one and power over others cannot be had in that environment.
It's in science and religions' best interest to demonise the truth, our construct of civilised societies depends on it.
The irony is really funny if you think about it.
It's a bit like saying computers don't work.... and someone saying 'Umm, you have to turn it on first' and the other saying 'don't be silly, they don't work.... why would you turn it on, they don't work, don't you get that?' Meanwhile the other one secretly turns their computer on and goes about their work quietly, then they meet another who 'disobeyed' the 'logic' and they discuss it and they notice capacities they can't talk about openly for fear of ridicule or punishment for turning the computer on. Then someone gets brave and says 'seriously folks, turn your computers on, you'll be amazed!' and the backlash starts, pressuring those who have turned their computers on to turn them off immediately they are a danger to society, they're unreliable at best and the work of the devil at worst.... for centuries and centuries...
The sad thing is some of the brightest minds are tuned in to the wrong frequencies, yet to turn their computers on.
In terms of NDE it is undeniable that many have proof of information outside of space and time. This is the sticking point, not where or how the brain processes the information. The sticking point is some people's unwillingness to accept the proof of factors of access to the eternal 'now' wherein all knowledge is always free, unrestricted to the degree of attention.
No one can deny that I came out of a physical experience within which I had knowledge gained while supposedly unable to in time and space, that directly related to the absolute truth of the situation, beyond the knowledge of anyone else, beyond my own supposed 'capacity'. The proof was right there in the unfolding. That I could know the physical injuries of another before it was even imagined by others, that I could know the future and the past as if the present is simply irrefutable. If this is some aspect of our brain's capacity so be it - it still means that eternal consciousness is eternal and not linear and not confined in 'space'. There is no way I could have 'fudged' it. There was only willingness and courage on my part to explore it. Those that have sought to 'shut me down' do so in fear, in fear of loss of their power, in fear of what it means in terms of their response abilities in things that they deny they have abilities to respond and in fear of losing control of their egoic separateness.
While I understand this, while I can see their perspective and have empathy and compassion I will not retract the truth, while I will do all I can to help them to quantify or qualify their knowledge or understanding of it, I cannot be a party to the covering up of the truth. I am one of those saying.... seriously folks, turn your computer on, it's amazing!! But until one turns the computer on, until one gets out of their own way, the discussion about the abilities of the computer is mute.
The capacity to work outside of linear time and space has been replicated throughout history in those who use energy healing. It's not something I've worked towards, but I do 'notice' from time to time and I have been the synchronistic and willing recipient of it on numerous occasions from different practitioners. That my Granny and others I have known did open themselves - upload that 'program' into their computers willingly and in purity- is also irrefutable even if somewhat 'underground' now in most societies where medicine has become a part of the commercial & power over others world, so 'medicine' joins the chorus of those saying 'don't turn your computer on'.
In using clair abilities I did spend some time in learning to understand the frequencies and now I don't attend 'classes', I choose to live more in the 'lower' more earth bound frequencies because that's what I'm here for - this physical experience in form. That's not to say I don't open up sometimes, I do. That's also not to say that it's not possible to open up, you can. It's also not to say that I don't think everyone can if they choose, if they are willing and if they are pure about it. It's just, for me, I'm happy to live here and now. When 'external' energies interact with my energies I have learned to perceive and interpret them no differently to another person speaking to me, their energies are just as transparent, but there is a line in physicality - we have come into form to experience separation and physicality, so the 'line' needs to be respectfully recognised - but this is the role playing, this is the 'dreaming', not the other way around.
That animal species use their instincts without fear or favor is also irrefutable. That they use both past and future information in their life cycles is also irrefutable - we think its amazing, they've just turned their computers on.
Humans are the one species where the majority of them haven't turned the computer on, the rest of nature is all connected and networked.