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May 18, 2014 - 7:00 am
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One of the most handy, readable, informative books about near-death experiences (NDEs) is Jeffrey Long’s Evidence of the Afterlife. In it Long, a radiation oncologist, offers nine lines of evidence for why NDEs are real and not just dreams or hallucinations.

Among those nine lines of evidence, Long considers one of the strongest and most dramatic to be the fact that, during NDEs, blind people can see—including people blind from birth. People with that unfortunate condition do not see even in dreams. They know that vision exists, but can’t imagine what it is—as if someone had told you about some additional, unimaginable sense.

Yet, in NDEs, even blind-from-birth people see—in full, vivid detail. Long calls it “medically inexplicable.”

Probably the best-known case is that of Vicki Umipeg-Noratuk. Her story was first told in a 1998 study of blind people’s NDEs (and OBEs, out-of-body experiences) by Kenneth Ring and Sharon Cooper of the University of Connecticut. Ring, a professor of psychology, and Cooper went on to publish Mindsight, a book based on their study.

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I think that those who deny the existence of these experiences are the same people who deny the existence of God. They deny because of their fear that there is someone who is far more powerful then they are.
18 weeks ago
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Trust your feelings. Trust your senses.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to gaslight you.
18 weeks ago
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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, first wrote about Near Death Experiences in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying. Aside from the blind-from-birth angle it is remarkably consistent. Equally consistent is people refusing to believe it, trying to excuse it away or making lame jokes to defuse their uneasiness about the subject.

Let's face it; we're all going to die some day. Before I was saved on May 1, 2002, I was ambivalent about it to say the least. Today I read these type of articles and my reaction is: gee, science is finally starting to catch up with what Scripture has been saying for thousands of years. About time!
18 weeks ago
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It seems to me that some Readers post comments without checking the links and reading the materials.
The link to
"nine lines of evidence"
presents some puzzling facts.



18 weeks ago
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I suppose it all depends on what we mean by "see". Give a blind from birth person some LSD and see what he or she sees. Could be quite a visual trip, flying with the birds and bees while groveling on their knees and seeing colors for the first time. I wonder how you would describe seeing red and not some other color if you were blind?
18 weeks ago
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In the 1985 film "Mask", the deformed young man explains things like color to his blind girlfriend using her sense of touch. For "red" he handed her a hot potato. For "blue" he handed her an ice cube. He described "billowing" clouds by handing her a huge bunch of cotton balls that was too big for her hands & some of them started to fall off the the pile. I don't know where the writer's got this idea, but it seems like something that is/should be used in blind schools.
18 weeks ago
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Interesting. Is feeling the same as seeing? And why blue for cold? I've been so cold in fifty below it felt like it was burning your skin.
18 weeks ago
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These visions all have a commonality as well as the NDE's.

Their brains are starved for oxygen - duh! No wonder they all see the same things, blind or not.
Having sight (of anything) described to you your entire life will give anyone the ability to see - in the minds eye. Brains are cool that way.
18 weeks ago
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I'm still looking for evidence of life before death.
18 weeks ago
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Thank you for this series of articles, for the links and the video.

Food for WONDER !

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