Mommy Dearest: Portable Consciousness and the Near Death Experience

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“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity” – Karl Marx

drowning This would be a good time to project my consciousness…

I prefer not to think of myself a lightly-electrified bag of bones, wandering around bumping into things and exaggerating my own importance.  Perhaps this is just conceit or unjustified optimism, but I’ve managed to survive over four decades gainfully employed, without preternatural abduction, diabolical possession, or being eaten by a sabretooth tiger, so good on me.  And the occasional existential thought flickers across my gray matter and I jot it down on paper, so heck, there must be something to this whole consciousness thing that merits consideration.  “I think, therefore I criticize”, which is how Descartes would have phrased it if 24-hour cable news existed in his era.

The most pertinent question that nags at us is what happens after we die.  We’re so…

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Terminal Lucidity Reveals Mysteries about Consciousness

The Search For Life After Death

The ‘glow before they go’. ‘The calm before the storm’. ‘The last hurrah’.  These are colloquial phrases used by hospice nurses who have all witnessed the same inexplicable phenomenon: patients with severe terminal illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, schizophrenia, cancer; even patients in comas, who suddenly sit up in bed and begin speaking clearly and lucidly to shocked family members. Patients will often laugh and joke, share memories and speak with family and friends, often with complete knowledge of their surroundings and circumstances. In some cases, a patient has displayed this incredible lucidity even if neurologically disabled from birth. The reversal is so sudden and profound that families often think a miracle cure is returning their loved one to health, but the nurses know better. In just minutes to hours, the patient will make their final transition and pass into death.

On the AllNurses forum, hospice nurses report this…

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Ghosts: When Ghosts Follow

Book 'Em, Jan O

Readers, I ran across an interesting case of a ghost following a family from house to house.  They moved several times to evade it, even building their own home from the ground up as a last resort:  to no avail.  What was it?  To learn more, see http://www.riseupparanormal.com/database/batzelhaunting.htm

and a Discovery Paranormal documentary which can be viewed on youTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHSTCsclO5U

This isn’t the first I’ve heard of a haunting following a family.  This raises many questions:  why is the phenomena attaching to individuals or a family?  Are ghosts not tied to places? Or, is it not a ghost but something else?  I wondered, so back to google I went.  I found this link at The Shadowlands, by Dave Juliano  http://theshadowlands.net/ghost/follow.htm

In this post from Ghost City, paranormal investigator Tim Nealon discusses ghosts that follow him home  https://ghostcitytours.com/about/tim-nealon/ghosts-follow-me/

What do you think?  Feel free to discuss/share…

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A Few Good Anomalists: You Can’t Handle the Vacuous Truth

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“I’m not a conspiracy theorist – I’m a conspiracy analyst” – Gore Vidal

creepy_conspiracy Nope, no conspiracy here…

In logic, a “vacuous truth” is a statement that ascribes a property to an empty set, which is tons of fun at parties and makes for a lively conversation, but otherwise imparts no knowledge.  If I say, “No dogs in the room are brown”, whenever no dogs are in the room, the statement is true.  Of course, whenever no dogs are in the room, it is equally valid to say, “No dogs in the room aren’t brown”.  Thus, you end up able to say, “No dogs in the room are or aren’t brown”.  Totally true, and not very helpful.  There are more technical definitions in formal logic and pure mathematics, but if you are engaged in either enterprise, you’re probably not allowed access to the internet, or forks really, from your padded cell…

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Why Hospitals Are Haunted

The Haunted Librarian

Hawkinsville State Hospital Hawkinsville State Hospital, Georgia Archives.

Why Hospitals Are Haunted

Ghosts haunt hospitals. Paranormal teams can investigate a lot of shuttered hospitals; however, very few have access to those that are open. Unlike cemeteries where the dead don’t have a strong connection, hospitals across the nation are the perfect locations for residual hauntings.

Prior to 1885, sick people were cared for at home by their family. According to Wendy Cage, author of Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, early American hospitals “provided lodging for the homeless, the poor, and travelers.” While some cities operated hospitals, a large number were established by religious organizations, specifically Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish organizations. Volunteer chaplains in many of these hospitals visited nearly every patient who died while admitted. Religious beliefs, prayer, and spirituality played a large role in the hospital ministry, even in an unofficial capacity. God and the afterlife may have…

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Giving Up the Ghost: Are You Someone Else’s Afterlife?

You might be a ghost and don’t realize it. It will make you think, reread, and think some more.

EsoterX

“I think that humans may have evolved from apes, because the simians openly imitate humans, as if conscious of a higher state, whereas the humans who act like apes are likely to deny it when criticized” – Charles Hoy Fort

Which one are you? Which one are you?

I think you may be a ghost.  Don’t take it the wrong way.  It’s not a reflection on your character.  You’re actually quite charming.  You’re just not real.  Well, maybe you are real, but you certainly aren’t metaphysically necessary, that is, in the purely necessetarian sense that absolute volition is an illusion and that all action is predetermined by external or internal antecedents.  An amorphous blob of protoplasm would serve just as nicely.  Maybe this implicit denial of free will and devaluation of our presumed special dispensation in the universe offends you?  You could fall back on the slightly milder “hard determinism” and admit that the…

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