edconrad at prolog.net (Ed Conrad) wrote:
<The story of the two trapped miners>
A possible explanation which would NOT require "afterlife" explanations, but
which would tend to substantiate notions of "telepathy":
A theory has been advanced to explain certain religious and UFO encounters,
where seismic stresses placing rock under "breaking strain" released a kind
of electrical gas/plasma which, when closely approached, would affect the
brain and produce intense memories of "experiences" that didn't really
In the case of the two miners, there is ample evidence for rock having
broken, so it is reasonable to suggest that other rock might still have
been under this strain, and the blue-white light matches the general
description for the gas/plasma. Under these conditions, "odd" experiences
like the visions of the pope and/or doors would be reasonable, without
suggesting "dysfunctional" hallucinations. The experiences would be wholly
credible to a thinking person, and appear quite real.
The clincher here is that the two "interviews" match up sufficiently to
suggest that somehow the DETAILS of each person's subjective experience was
"shared" non-verbally with the other. This could mean that the two brains
somehow "synchronized" while experiencing non-real events, or that the
events were in fact real.
I personally "believe" that their experiences may have been exactly what
they described, but this does not make their reports "proof", as my
alternate explanation clearly shows.....
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