The Problems With NDE Claims – Comprehensive

Question from Miguel: Often times, NDEs [near death experiences] sound quite compelling, and some OBEs [out of body experiences] sound very compelling. The thing is that they are anecdotes, and so far, no one has fully demonstrated that they are real. An objective measure would be to place targets in hospital rooms and see if … Continue reading “The Problems With NDE Claims – Comprehensive”

Package Deal: NDE (claim) + Miracle Cure (claim)

Question from Halil: Do you think this proves miracles? http://orthodoxinfo.com/death/miracle_russia.aspx Answer by SmartLX: If you’re going to give me nothing but a link, Halil, I will respond in kind with a nice in-depth thread on the Skeptics Society forum dedicated to this particular claim. Many, many problems with it. Respond to the criticisms from the … Continue reading “Package Deal: NDE (claim) + Miracle Cure (claim)”

Breaking Down NDEs by Cause

Question from Marcus: Does this disprove the hypoxia theory for NDEs? http://skeptiko.com/critique-of-skeptics-guide-249/ Answer by SmartLX: A quick search on this topic makes it apparent we’ve wandered into a battlefield. The hypoxia hypothesis has been viciously attacked elsewhere as well, always with the express purpose of legitimising claims of near death experiences. The core issue is … Continue reading “Breaking Down NDEs by Cause”

Rooting For The Ultimate Underdog

Question from Kyle: I was wondering if you agree with me that even if we knew Christianity were true, any moral person would be morally compelled to follow Lucifer not God. – God kills at least millions, Lucifer killed less than a handful of people. – 1/3 of all angels rebel with Lucifer to fight … Continue reading “Rooting For The Ultimate Underdog”

Eben Alexander’s Adventures In Bed

Question from Halil: Hello guys, Recently I read about the Eben Alexander case, a neurosurgeon, who went to Harvard. He claims that he was in a coma, that his brain was 100 percent shut off due to meningitis. I’m sure many have heard of this. There was an article published by Luke Dittrich in 2013 … Continue reading “Eben Alexander’s Adventures In Bed”

The NDEs Keep Coming

Question from Halil: Hello, I wanted to know what atheists think of this testimony, and if it scares them. http://www.precious-testimonies.com/BornAgain/L-N/LaFondT.htm Answer by SmartLX: Not scary if you don’t already believe. When trying to threaten kids about the boogeyman, they have to believe it exists to some extent before they buy into the fear. This does … Continue reading “The NDEs Keep Coming”

The NDE From Hell

Question from Halil: Ok, so on YouTube there are a variety of videos on some pro-Christian channels that encompass interviews of Christians who apparently were sinners, did not go to church, drank alcohol, masturbated, etc. and they talk about how they had Near Death Experiences or visions while they were sleeping where they visited hell. … Continue reading “The NDE From Hell”

Sex Isn’t Gender Anymore

Question from Claire: I am a college student taking a Philosophy of Gender class and need to interview people of different religions, including an atheist, on their opinions on sex and gender, and I realized I don’t know any atheists. I was wondering if you would be willing to give your answer to the following … Continue reading “Sex Isn’t Gender Anymore”

Christians, and the Bible, on Gender Roles

Question from Margaret: Where can I read those whacked out bible studies of the men trying to control the women? Answer by SmartLX: I’m not exactly sure what you’re referring to, so I’ll take two approaches. If you mean where do people get the idea from the Bible that men should control women, there’s a … Continue reading “Christians, and the Bible, on Gender Roles”

Slender Man, Aliens, and Kids, Oh My!

Question from Jourdua: Are there any skeptics out there who have done research on slender man, aliens, and alien abduction? Are pictures of slender man fake? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ppyyqev1NY Can you give me any information on skeptic research on this topic especially slender man and child abduction? Answer by SmartLX: In the Slender Man, we have a … Continue reading “Slender Man, Aliens, and Kids, Oh My!”