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Two nit-picky things:
First, you said "... recall and perception should be impossible (blind-folding and ear-plugging patients rendered clinically dead for surgical procedures, and displaying imagery above their hospital bed for them to subsequently report, for instance.)" If I understand the experiments you are referring to here, they haven't ever yielded a positive result. In every case where some stimuli is placed so that some having an out-of-body experience would see it, none have reported it. If I've missed a study somewhere, let me know, but I'm pretty sure there is no evidence for this (if there was, after all, it would be major news).
Second, you put sleep-related events in the non-physical category along with more "psychic" phenomena--I'd propose that events such as sleep paralysis are in fact very real, physical phenomena (far more so, in my opinion, than anything psychic or actual abductions).
And one more thought about the psychic ideas: if we're really trying to do something scientific here, is it worth considering these ideas, except as a footnote that they might have to be resorted to if no other explanation exists? I don't know how you're going to get evidence of anything psychic happening, unless people report knowledge they can't possibly have (but, note, people have looked at this--beyond alien abduction phenomena as well--and no one has ever actually been shown to have knowledge that couldn't otherwise be explained).
Here are some reasons why aliens mostly abduct people at night.Most abductions occure on people who are already asleep.Its easyer to abduct people who are asleep and not awake.In most cases they will not remember anything and if they did they would proberly relate the memory as a dream and not a abduction.Its easyer to parylise a person while they are asleep and if they do happen to wake, the memories can be related to sleep parylisis and not alien abduction.Most alien abductions are not really abductions at all.70% of the alien intrusions on sleeping people are only conducted to take blood samples,seaman samples and alien implant data.The aliens move very quick and very quite when they do this.The aliens can be in and out of your house with a sample within 30 seconds.They can even retreave a implant and replace another implant within the same short time period of 30 seconds.The big question is do the aliens really move this fast or do they slow down time within a small area like your house.
Originally posted by AceWombat04
I can't find reference to the specific study in which people were blind-folded and ear-plugged (I read it in a book a few years back; there were references I looked up which led to actual studies.) However, according to Wikipedia:
"The first clinical study of near death experiences (NDE's) in cardiac arrest patients was by Pirn van Lommel, a cardiologist from the Netherlands, and his team (The Lancet, 2001),. Of 344 patients who were successfully resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest, approximately 18% experienced "classic" NDE's, which included out-of-body experiences. The patients remembered details of their conditions during their cardiac arrest despite being clinically dead with flatlined brain stem activity." (It references the Van Lommel study explored in the article here: www.skepticalinvestigations.org... )