Originally Posted by Adam Sargant
Radical, you seem to have set up a recursive set of mutually exclusive criteria... if delusional, why should believing them by virtue of experiencing prove anything?
Would you be able to accept that the OBE description is a useful model for some people who have a consistent experience that no-one has been able to offer a plausable alternative explanation for all aspects of the experience?
In love and light
If I somehow ever experienced an OBE, I would have to either radically alter my beliefs about what is possible, or consider the possibility of being delusional.
One way I've thought people having OBE's can prove they exist is to set up an experiment: Someone very sceptical and anti-supernatural (such as James Randi) writes something on a piece of paper that only he/she could possibly know about and puts it somewhere in a locked room. Then the person claiming to experience OBE's can be induced to sleep. Then they can prove whether they are delusional or not by travelling to the room, reading the piece of paper and then when they wake up will be able to recall and relay the exact transcript on the piece of paper. All of this done under controlled scientific conditions of course.