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i think there's a kind of consistency to NDS stories because most of us have heard the stories and our minds are 'primed'

Yep. And the author admits being quite familiar with NDE's.

And as a neurosurgeon you'd think he'd know that we create inaccurate and false memories all the time that are very real and genuine to us.

And that time while dreaming/unconscious has no relationship to real time. He's really stretching things to assume his consciousness floated about for 7 days when the subconscious brain regularly stretches short dreams into a sense of hours or days passing. He didn't need a long period of subconscious activity as he exited the vegetative state to be left with a sense of a very real conscious event having occurred.

That's why physical evidence trumps eye witness accounts in court these days. We fill in lots and lots of blanks with the familiar and what we think should be there. Our brain models reality all the time as there is a lag between when we sense something and when it's chemically transmitted and interpreted by the brain. We have to operate in real time, but can't process the inputs in real time.

His physical evidence does not include anything to substantiate his eyewitness account. Having experienced an NDE, I read nothing particularly scientific in his account to lead me to believe either one us experienced anything beyond a brain experiencing the equivalent of intermittent power supply. Just like all calculators tend to show a full row of partially lit led lights as a battery goes dead, so we too experience a similarity when our brain starts to short out at the end.
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