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Skepticism and Near-Death Experiences
By Kevin R. Williams, B.Sc.
 

James RandiSkepticism plays an important role in the scientific method in discovering what is true and what is false in the world around us. Methodological skepticism, as popularized by René Descartes, is an agnostic position of neither accepting nor rejecting a particular hypothesis until proven either true or false using the scientific method. Today there are many so-called "skeptics" who claim to be true skeptics but are actually pseudoskeptics. A pseudoskeptic is someone who takes a position that a particular hypothesis is either true or false without providing the scientific evidence to support it. Often such pseudoskeptics are "professional debunkers" and/or "media skeptics" - many of whom are stage magicians who are not actively engaged in scientific research. One such professional "media skeptic" is the Amazing Randi who is famous (or infamous) for making claims without doing the necessary research nor providing empirical evidence to support them. For example, concerning the near-death experience (NDE) phenomenon, pseudoskeptics claim consciousness is forever destroyed after irreversible death. They make this claim without the scientific evidence to support it and despite a growing "mountain" of evidence suggesting otherwise. On the other hand, true skeptics raise important questions which need to be investigated and addressed by NDE researchers. The following articles address some of these questions and are answered by some of the top researchers in near-death studies.

Skeptical Arguments and NDEs Index
1. NDEs Should Be Demonstrated Empirically 6. The Existence of God is Unlikely
2. NDEs are Scientifically Falsifiable 7. People Don't Actually Survive Death
3. The Only Real Proof is OBE Veridical Perception 8. Life Outside of the Universe is Unlikely
4. Self-Awareness Is Just a Brain Function 9. Debunking the Pseudoskeptics of NDEs
5. Nothing Useful Comes From NDEs 10. A Skeptic's Hoax NDE and Fraud Is Exposed
 
     
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