I looked through the near death research website looking for, well, research. Studies, protocols, anything like science. Evidently, they don't really do any research. But they have collected hundreds of self-reported "experiences" from "experiencers" that they use as their "research". It is basically a database of stories.
Since they have no screening criteria for submitting "experiences", anyone can fill out their on-line questionnaire. No way of knowing if these accounts are all from people who actually had the experience, fictional stories from one creative person using different email addresses, or made up by a handful of international college student jokers using different computers and having a good laugh.
I was curious to see if anyone saw religious figures from a different religion or one they had never heard of. Like, do Christians ever see Ganesha? Do Muslims ever see Shango? The part that actually made me sad and angry was the nature of the questions asked. Any court would toss out most of them as "leading the witness", to say the least.
Questions like: Did you see an unearthly light? Did you leave your body? Did you pass through a tunnel? Did you have a feeling of wonder and joy? Did you see Hell? Did you encounter a mystical being? Did you see deceased spirits? Did you see Jesus, Muhammed or Buddha (or Mr. Spock, Mr. Peanut, Thor or Cthtulu
)? Yes or No
How many people are going to log into this site to check no, no, no, I am not special, I just died, saw nothing and then came back. From my brief preusal of the site, only a handful of people saw nothing, experienced "a void", had negative feelings, or saw only hell but not heaven.
And what the hell is a "deceased spirit", when it's at home? How would I distinguish it from a live spirit or an undead spirit? What is a spirit?
If they really wanted to do research, they would have to get a random survey of all kinds of people to find out how many had something they thought was an NDE, and be careful not to lead them through what such an experience should include
There did not seem to be a control group of any kind to see how many people get very sick and don't have any NDE's.
Instead, they trawl through people who already believe they had NDE's and collect their "experiences". If they really think this is research, it makes me sad. If they know they are not really doing anything but promoting what may be a urban myth, it makes me angry.