I enunciated above a falsable theory about ND experiences. I said that they
were the result of a mythopoeic faculty of the human mind in order
to realign the future behaviour of the individual for doing the best for
the whole group in which their genes are represented.  The reason of this
realignment is because the life expectancy is drastically reduced and this
is a optimal short term strategy , together with other short term
strategies. One of these short term strategies is a lower fear for death in
order to accept higher risks.

Therefore, in a socialist country, the persons would have NDEs about Marx
and the inevitable triumph of socialism. In a atheist society Richard
Dawkins will apeear in all its glory to the atheist in trouble and so on.
 These "non religious" experiences would not be qualitatively  different
form other religious ones.

This theory is complementary to other terror management theories based of
evolutionary hypothesis. When what is in danger is the whole society, then
the individual tend to strength the social conformity:

http://www.epjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/ep03297325.pdf

This paper hypotesizes that this is for pure egoistic reasons. And they may
be the case when the whole group is in danger. But this does not explain
after-shock altruism, that clearly evident during and after 9/11.  My
theory does explain this altruism as well as ND experiences and other
behavioural changes after individual trauma.


2013/4/12 Alberto G. Corona <agocor...@gmail.com>

> Did you notify a change in your behaviour  after that?
>
>
>
> 2013/4/12 Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com>
>
>> On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:04 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM, Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com>
>> wrote:
>> >> Hi John,
>> >>
>> >> http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060410/full/news060410-2.html
>> >>
>> >> "Nelson doesn't rule out the possibility that other psychological or
>> >> spiritual factors may also play a role. "I'm interested in how this
>> >> experience is generated. That's as far as I take it," says Nelson. As
>> >> to the ultimate meaning of these experiences, he will leave that
>> >> question for others to answer."
>> >>
>> >> This succint report, by the way, describes a less rigorous experience
>> >> than the one described in PLoS and is a bit less cautious in the final
>> >> paragraph than the PLoS one. Who would have thunk?
>> >>
>> >> I don't like bets, by the way. I'd feel bed about losing money and I'd
>> >> feel bad about taking your money. Believe it or not.
>> >>
>> >> Full disclosure: I had what could be considered a NDE once. Nothing
>> >> supernatural about it, no lights, nothing flashing before my eyes.
>> >>
>> >> A friend of mine was giving me a ride home late at night and the car
>> >> lost control on a tight curve. We had a frontal collision against a
>> >> car on the opposite lane. Thankfully we wer both driving slow so the
>> >> airbags saved everybody. I lost consciousness (maybe :) for 30 secs
>> >> and woke to a strong smell of sulphur -- I imagine from the
>> >> pyrotechnics that inflate the airbags. And a sore neck.
>> >>
>> >> The interesting part is the second before the collision. I was 100%
>> >> sure I was going to die. I did not panik nor did I feel sadness or
>> >> fear. I felt a calm realisation: "oh, so this is how I die". It was
>> >> extremely peaceful and a bit psychedelic, in that everything felt like
>> >> a big cosmic joke. Not a "haha funny" joke, but a joke nevertheless.
>> >>
>> >> This has no scientific value, of course. It was an interesting 1p
>> >> experience that changed my outlook on death for the best. I now
>> >> consider it a strongly positive experience in my life because I fear
>> >> death less. I still fear suffering though. I hope my real death turns
>> >> out to be something of that sort.
>> >
>> > Note that studying NDE's does not imply that the researchers believe
>> > they represent glimpses of God or heaven, any more than studying
>> > schizophrenia means the researchers believes the patient's delusions.
>>
>> Of course. I don't believe in God or heaven either, at least not in
>> the religious sense. I'm not implying that NDEs are a glimpse of
>> haven, not would I bet on that hypothesis. I'm interested in them
>> because they are an unusual state of consciousness. I have to remain
>> agnostic on the reality status of the world as I observe it under any
>> state of consciousness. I don't have to remain agnostic on the
>> delusions of schizophrenics, but I would have to remain agnostic on my
>> own delusions should I suffer from schizophrenia.
>>
>> Telmo.
>>
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