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Bill Quick

Scientists unlock mystery of out-of-body experiences (aka astral trips)

Some people claim that they have experienced out-of-body experiences—aka “astral trips”—floating outside of their bodies and watching themselves from the outside.A team of scientists found someone who says she can do this at will and put her into a brain scanner. What they discovered was surprisingly strange.

Almost forty years ago I got involved with Scientology for a few months, and during that time I experienced a momentary “out of body” state during a standard Dianetics exercise called a “confront.”

I dropped Scientology after a few months, but that experience has stayed with me ever since, because of the implications.  If my POV was really out of my body, that is, separate from the physical me, then, as Scientology contends, the real you is not the meat, but the mind.  And if that is the case, and if the mind can exist independent of the flesh, then we are moving into the conceptual ground of immortality.

I’ve never discussed this experience – it sounds too whacko – but I’ve always kept it, and the associated connection with immortality – in the back of my mind.

Now comes the scientific explanation for what occurred, and with it the destruction of the notionn of the mind independent of the body (or a similar substrate, say, a computer).  Science will eventually wreak similar havoc with all religion, I expect. 

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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