Carter's law of Productivity. "The amount of work a person does is inversely proportional to the number of suggestions they offer."
My Essay from 1995: http://www.xenu.net/archive/disk/NOTs/djcarter.htm
Hubbard even fooled himself: http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthrea...691#post618691
I've been declared dead. During those periods, I have exactly zero recall. Nothing. Somehow, I was jumpstarted again, three times. In each case, it was like being the terminator: suddenly, I was "online" again, though not all of my faculties were there, immediately. However, I became intensely aware that we can turn "off". At that point there is no suffering, because there is simply nothing. No light at the end of the tunnel. No angels. No nothing.
Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience [Hardcover]
Pim Van Lommel
Among other topics is an excellent discussion of the medical effects of resuscitation on the brain and how it relates to consciousness and the observed differences between NDE'ers & non-NDE'ers.
Mark A. Baker
Thanks for the book idea. Maybe I can find an online copy. I'm living pretty close to the bone right now, can't be buying books unrelated to school. Can you give me a synopsis?
nevermind, I read it at Amazon. Interesting. I have recollection of experience during the coma period, but those periods were interrupted with total blankness. The experience during the coma period was extremely frightening. I cannot say if this was due to something real that was happening, or due to the opiates that I was under the influence of for pain control. I have read a little bit about sensory deprivation experiences, and I would say that my coma experience was very similar to people who have experienced long periods of sensory deprivation. However, most people do those tanks for periods of only a few hours, whereas my coma was about three weeks. They are aware that they can stop it at any point, whereas I was pretty sure the ending was going to be death. Sorry to be grim, but that's my recollection.
It does make a degree of sense that consciousness is non-local, and that therefore death in one timeline doesn't equate to death in all timelines. I definitely had the feeling, when I woke up, that I was in a different universe, the one where I lived, and where things turned out okay. I had the feeling I'd had a reprieve.
The emphasis on finding and describing "knowledge structures" that are somewhere "inside" the individual encourages us to overlook the fact that human cognition is always situated in a complex sociocultural world and cannot be unaffected by it. - Edwin Hutchins