Visions, Heavenly Voices,
Near Death Experiences, and
Carl Jung, The Red Book
This section is at present a work in progress, but
for now see the following articles and blogs:
Dr. Eben Alexander, Heaven Is Real: A Doctor's Experience with the Afterlife. In this article, a skilled neurosurgeon describes the out-of-body experiences which he had several years ago, when he lay in a coma on a hospital bed for seven days.
If Dr. Alexander's experiences were real, then human thought must be able to live and function separately from the body. So how could immaterial thoughts and ideas exist all by themselves, with no material substrate? And if they could, this would just give us an additional puzzle to solve, that is, the problem of the "ghost in the machine": if human consciousness is a system of immaterial thoughts and ideas, how could these ghostly and insubstantial wisps of thought make the physical body move and act?
Glenn F. Chesnut, Dr. Alexander and the Afterlife No. 1: A Brain Surgeon's Near Death Experience.
Glenn F. Chesnut, Dr. Alexander and the Afterlife No. 2: The Ghost in the Machine.
Glenn F. Chesnut, Dr. Alexander and the Afterlife No. 3: Eben Alexander and Jean Piaget: Soul and Body, and Mircea Eliade's Two Realms.
Glenn F. Chesnut, Dr. Alexander and the Afterlife No. 4: How can thought influence physical objects? Quantum physics does not explain it per se.
Glenn F. Chesnut, Dr. Alexander and the Afterlife No. 5: Goedel's proof, the deterministic paradox, human thought forming a higher energy level operating in tandem with the electrochemical system of the brain.
We are proposing here that external reality is divided into two layers:
THE LOWER LAYER is the physical and material universe which was created in the Big Bang; this lower layer operates according to the laws of physics and chemistry and so on, which the natural sciences study.
THE UPPER LAYER is what Mircea Eliade called the realm of sacred space and sacred time: it is a realm of immaterial thoughts and ideas and nonphysical realities which do not follow all of the laws of the natural scientists (maybe none of them). But the laws of thermodynamics are definitely not followed (the law of entropy and so on) because this higher layer is an eternal, immortal, and deathless world.
But this means that we human beings are likewise "two layer" beings: a divine spirit living in conjunction with a physical body. That means that each of us exists as a system of continually changing immaterial thoughts and ideas superimposed on a substrate of continually changing electrical charges and biochemical alterations in our brain cells. But this raises the classic "mind-body problem" -- how could this actually function?
Glenn F. Chesnut, Computers vs. human higher thought: The mind-body problem and Piaget on correspondence vs. interdependence. Using Jean Piaget's distinction between correspondence and interdependence to help make better sense of the mind-body problem.
Glenn F. Chesnut, The God-Shaped Hole in the Human Soul.