Add Homnym Attacks! (23)

Add Homonym Attacks! #23

Ad Hominem: Appealing to personal considerations rather than to logic or reason.
Ad Hominem Attack: An argument that focuses on a personal attack as opposed to the subject in question.
Add Homonym Attacks!: The process by which one inserts a homophone and it bites you.
(It also serves as the title to Inside Pulse’s representative column in the world of Critical Thinking, Science and Skepticism.)

OBE, NDE, ETC.

The AHA! schedule has been a bit off of late. So here is what we are going to do: Fix it. Namely, we’re gonna throw a part 1 of a column here to facilitate a discussion for a part 2. I’ve got a bunch of research sitting on my desktop about “out of body experiences” and “near death experiences.”

I know what I feel about these topics, and will write a full column on them next week, instead of two weeks from now. That way, AHA! will jibe with its original schedule and my neuroses will be sated.

BUT in the meantime, I would like to ask the readers and even the writers of IP a very simple question about OBEs. It might seem like me being fatuous, but I do think that this topic is valid. This question is one that can be approached philosophically, scientifically, theologically, comedically; I don’t really care.

The Question is this: A person having an out of body experience often describes a sensation of rising, and looking around from above, perhaps even seeing his/her own form. How is this person seeing? The eyes are part of the body, and in this instance the self alleges to be away from the body. If one can see without eyes, shouldn’t we be able to see with our eyes closed? How is it that anybody is then blind? Can blind people see during an OBE?

I welcome all answers. Please send them before Tuesday night.

Mail

Reader Jon F. writes:

Hi,

Long term reader first time writer etc.

I’m also a committed christian, yet I enjoyed your column this week and
found it helpful. Not all of us take the bible as literally as the folks
from answersingenesis do. If we did, we would be saying that somehow a book
written thousands of years ago had up to date science.
Something you missed though is a passage that points to the symbolic nature
of the book; Genesis 3:24

24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of
Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way
to the tree of life.

So in other words, a sword existed before all wars, and before humanity had
enough people for a battle to take place.

Really, Genesis is useful as a theological doccument, rather than a
scientific one. Moses (if he indeed wrote it) was setting out to argue
against many of the other religious beliefs that existed at the time. His
arguments included that there was one god that created the world andthat sin
had seperated man from God. As a christian, I take these for granted to be
true, even if Genesis is full of scientific errors.

As for Moses, as far as I know (I haven’t done that much research…yet)
most historians think he existed. Just because a historical doccument is
biased or contains legendary material does not mean it contains no truth
whatsoever…

Sorry for the length of the rant there. Thanks for your contributions to
this debate.

Jon

That e-mail makes me happy.

Anyway, I look forward to discussion, and will provide a real AHA! next week.