In a new exercise by a California organization that studies lucid dreaming, volunteers have been conditioned to dream near-death experiences, including the classic scenario of flying toward a light at the end of a tunnel. The researchers say their experiment demonstrates that these heavenly visions must be products of the human mind rather than supernatural phenomena.
In the sleep experiment at the Out-Of-Body Experience Research Center in Los Angeles, four groups of 10 to 20 volunteers were trained to perform a series of mental steps upon awakening during the night that might lead them to have out-of-body experiences. If able to “separate” from their bodies, they were then conditioned to try dreaming about floating through a tunnel toward a bright light. Eighteen of the volunteers said they were able to dream such an experience.
“Some of the test subjects not only succeeded in reproducing the out-of-body flight through a tunnel, but also enjoyed the ecstasy typical of the experience, and even flew all the way to the light and met their deceased relatives there,” center leader Michael Raduga stated in a press release about the work, which has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
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This story is a few days old. I did not originally post it when I first heard about it because I was VERY unimpressed. You should be too. Here’s why:
- Out-Of-Body Experience Research Center (WHAT? Sounds awfully biased.) Does THIS look fact-based?
- Volunteers have been conditioned to dream near-death experiences (So? How is that instructive in learning what OOBE are? There is a bias here and not a clear research question established. The center admits to promoting these “phases”.)
- Not been published in a peer-reviewed journal (self explanatory)
Not scientific, not scientific, not scientific. The only reason why I am putting it out there is to rant about how shoddy this study sounds.
Want credibility? Do research with proper methodology and publish. And shame on the media for hyping it!