In his "Skeptic" column in Scientific American in March, 2003, self-described "skeptic" (professional scoffer or pseudo-skeptic, since all science is skeptical by nature, regardless of subject) Michael Shermer misrepresented research published in The Lancet, a leading medical journal, by Dr. Pim van Lommel et al in Holland. His biased interpretation painted it as evidence against the mind and the brain being separate. However, Dr van Lommel argued the exact opposite, and showed that conscious experience outside the body took place during a period of clinical death when the brain was flatlined. Furthermore, the study cast serious doubt on the tired remark used for decades by dismissive reductionists: that NDE perceptions are caused by anoxia, or lack of oxygen in the brain. In this brilliant reply, Dr van Lommel highlights many misinterpretations, assumptions and biases held by reductionists. What is a thought and where does it come from?
Interview with Cardiologist Pim van Lommel