News 08/17/13: Religiosity and intelligence; NDEs

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Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’
Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds
Near-death experiences may be explained by brain activity


Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’

No comment.

Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds

I know many people who must be exceptions to the rule.

In practical terms: who provide me food, shelter and clothing?

Near-death experiences may be explained by brain activity

Nothing here surprises me.  The NDE is a special case of astral projection, and not to be dismissed completely unless we account for features of clairvoyance and precognition, as for example in the case of George Ritchie.

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3 thoughts on “News 08/17/13: Religiosity and intelligence; NDEs

  1. Concerning the intelligence item, you’re talking about a minority of people who adopt a contrarian position. (Rational) nonconformists are bound to be more intelligent than the vast majority.

    Reading a couple books about NDEs was formative for my religious belief system. The fact that their accounts correspond to demonstrable physiological processes does not undermine their validity. It only makes sense that there would be correlations between the two.

    As I’m sure you know, George Ritchie inspired Dr. Raymond, who was a key figure in popularizing awareness of NDEs. I saw him speak at the Harrisburg community college when I was a student. I went up and talked to him afterwards.

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