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Subject:  Re: Guess Who's Back? Date:  2/17/2013  4:36 PM
Author:  Art53 Number:  671948 of 749112

"Hawking's latest book, The Grand Design, answers your questions as well as they're likely to be answered." - feedmenowhuman


60% to 65% of peopley who are dying in hospice have what are called "death bed visions." They see deceased relatives and say things like that these deceased loved ones have come for them, or that they are going on a trip. Some of them even predict the exact day and time of their own death, saying things like "I'll be leaving at noon on Monday."

These experiences are universal, meaning they happen all over the world. In the book "At The Hour of Death" by Karlis Osis PhD he and Ehrlendur Harraldson did a study and sent out over 5,000 questionaires to doctors and nurses in India and the United STates. The stories they got back from both places were almost identical.

So the question is, why do people all over the world have these experiences? What possible evolutionary benefit can they have? How do these experiences increase the evolutionary fitness of the dying individual?

Evolution doesn't care about giving us a "good death" or about how comfortable we are when we are dying - nor can these experiences increase the evolutionary fitness of these people because they are dying! Yet these experiences are common and happen all the time. I have personally talked to many people in church and at the Y in Athens, Georgia and have heard stories about relatives who died who reported death bed visions.

So? Why do they exist? Unless they are exactly what they purport to be, visits from the other side of their deceased relatives come to help their loved ones cross over?

Art
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