Originally Posted by Akashic_Librarian
OK people are getting confused here. The Scientific method is the only way of objectively verifying anything. If the world as a whole will ever believe in OBE's or Astral Projection, it will be because science proves it. And eventually Science in some form or another will prove it. Science can prove everything, but it nedes to catch up with whatever its trying to prove.
As far as I know, any well-respected scientist doesn't deny occurance of OBE's. It's like lucid dreaming. A few decades ago, scientists were skeptical of lucid dreaming, but now it's common knowledge that they do, in fact, occur.
If you brush up on your definitions, though, you'll understand that "Astral Projection" is an outdated, verifiably false interpretation of the OBE. Using Astral Projection as a theory for OBE's is now like using Zeus's thunderbolts as a theory for lightning. It was a theory developed based on one person's subjective experiences, using poor dedutive reasoning for why things occurred as they did in her own experiences. Now, we understand that OBE's occur in such a variety of ways, and Astral Projection simply fails to explain most of them.
However, that's the "official" definition of Astral Projection. The casual
usage of "Astral Projection" is more lenient. Most people use the term now in place of "OBE" (probably because it sounds more fantastical) without regard to the specifics of the original crackpot theory.