It was recently brought to my attention that there is evidence for an afterlife. If this were the case, it would be a game changer; I decided to look very deep into the evidence of life after death via near death experience.
One of the things I noticed, after reading many testimonials, was the discrepancies. Some saw their bodies lying there, some did not. Some see loved ones, others do not. Some see [or feel] a deific entity. While once again, others do not.
Another important discrepancy seems to be a cultural one. While many Christians claim they see or feel God, other people see deities that are in accordance with their regional belief system.
Hindu near-death experiences
Many similar experiences have happened while patients were perfectly fine, or not near death. One example is work done with the Koren helmet. By applying complex magnetic signals to the brain, they have reproduced phenomena similar to NDE's. The God Helmet - How it works.
When pilots are training in extreme g-force, they often claim having similar experiences to NDE’s [ due to poor blood flow under extreme conditions]
Nothing about the data should lead one to conclude there is an afterlife. The inconsistent observations, which are seemingly influenced by culture and religious background, only suggest a lack of complete understanding of the brain. The reproducible effect during living, healthy people suggest these experiences are something far more material, and understandable. Jumping to the conclusion that there must be a soul is just tom foolery. Although an afterlife and souls remain a possibility, there is no real evidence suggesting we should all start speaking in tongues and faith healing each other.