In 3 years’ time scientists might be faced with powerful evidence for the existence of consciousness outside the body. See this BBC article about the ‘Aware’ project:
….investigators will place images strategically in hospital bays, such that they will only be visible by looking down from the ceiling and nowhere else.
If after 36 months, hundreds of patients report being “out of body” yet no one can report seeing the images, then we must consider these reports to be nothing more than illusions.
If on the other hand there are hundreds of positive reports, then we will have to redefine our understanding of the mind and brain during clinical death…
Can you imagine what it will mean for Science. I’d like to see Richard Dawkins trying to explain that one!
And if there are few reports of images being reported, well maybe the souls were so excited about being loosed from the body they will have more interesting explorations on their mind, and will go straight into the famous ‘tunnel of light’ rather than floating about in the hospital room!