Near-death experiences (NDEs) are often held up as evidence that the afterlife exists. As the argument goes, the experiences that people describe in their near-death experiences are too powerful and vivid to be ignored. If people are able to form memories after they are dead then surely there must be an afterlife.
When researchers at the University of South Hampton in the UK published the results of their near-death experiences study, the Internet lit up with headlines like “Scientists prove life after death!”
But, the question is, what do these studies really show? Do reports of near-death experiences prove that the afterlife exists? Or, are we simply not defining “death” precisely enough?