Silence is golden
Firstly, thank you to all those who downloaded the first 3 chapters of my attempt at a novel (over 300 so far). However, bar a few positive comments, the silence has been deafening, which leads me to conclude that the book is not really going to be worth pursuing further. While disappointing, this is valuable for me to know, and unless there are a significant number of positive comments about the book in the next few days, it will die…which brings me on to the latest post on the Parnia Lab’s Instagram feed.
There is nothing new from a research perspective, but I do have reservations about this statement:
Near Death Experiences are different from recalled experiences of death.
This position has arisen from Parnia’s long struggle to precisely define the experiences his lab have been reporting on, and his (and other’s) dissatisfaction with the term NDE and the way that it has come to embrace a multitude of different experiences.
I get that, I really do, however, in doing so he/they are going against the global understanding of what an NDE is. The vast majority of people, who are not familiar with the contents of the consensus paper, or some of the accounts from IANDS, would understand a Near Death Experience to be precisely the same as a recalled experience of death. In other words if you were to ask your regular person what they understand a Near Death Experience to be they would say it was an experience that someone described after they died and then came back to life.
I agree that the term Recalled Experience of Death is more precise, but to suddenly change the meaning of the term NDE into something that most people do not understand it to mean, seems a bit premature.
What do you think?