Life after death [“Life after death study freaks everyone out”, web-only]? Not so fast. Despite unquestioning, gullible reporting in the Telegraph and now in the Straight, the study itself was negative. Researchers placed images so patients could see if they had out-of-body experiences, and not a single patient could recall them. Of the 140 cases, only one reported any memories that team leader Sam Parnia “verified”, and the study itself says that their protocol “may have introduced biases (such as recall bias and confabulation) in the recollections”. The memories in question are just the sorts of vague and nonspecific ones that we’d expect to match reality by chance, especially if the patient had watched medical dramas on TV.
This is not, as Adrian Mack regurgitates, a slam-dunk for near-death experiences but yet another negative study that’s consistent with what we already know about human memory and is what we’d expect if there was no life after death.
> Adrian Powell / Burnaby