I suppose it's a low-hanging fruit but somebody needs to pick it:
(Life after death is possible because anecdotes!)
Was just about to post this suggestion. But it's "life after cardiac arrest is possible because memories that may come from any time whatsover".
Dreadful. Of course the press gobbles this up, but the "scientists" are really feeding it to them with a spoon.
Dr David Wilde, a research psychologist and Nottingham Trent University, is currently compiling data on out-of-body experiences in an attempt to discover a pattern which links each episode.
He hopes the latest research will encourage new studies into the controversial topic.
“Most studies look retrospectively, 10 or 20 years ago, but the researchers went out looking for examples and used a really large sample size, so this gives the work a lot of validity.
“There is some very good evidence here that these experiences are actually happening after people have medically died.
Ugh. Billions of garbage data don't make the garbage more valid. People's claims of something they remember (how, if their brain can't be functioning?) at a traumatic time, with no reference to when the memories were created.
And this from the lead researcher:
Dr Parnia believes many more people may have experiences when they are close to death but drugs or sedatives used in the process of rescuitation may stop them remembering.
“Estimates have suggested that millions of people have had vivid experiences in relation to death but the scientific evidence has been ambiguous at best.
“Many people have assumed that these were hallucinations or illusions but they do seem to corresponded to actual events.
“And a higher proportion of people may have vivid death experiences, but do not recall them due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory circuits.
So... drugs or sedatives (which aren't drugs?) can interfere with memory. And that has nothing to do with what these people claim to remember. Right. And brain injury can have an effect on memory circuits (is that even a valid analogy in today's understanding of the brain?), but that in no way compromises the integrity of this "data".