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Religions are truly obsessed with the concept of “light.” It’s found on the candles of religious ceremonies and holidays, used to describe ourselves — “this little light of mine”, likened to “good” while dark is to “evil”, assigned to different religious figures — the light of Christ, the light of Muhammad, the light of God, the lights of different Buddhas… the list goes on and on.

Interestingly enough, the idea of seeing a bright light as death is approaching happens to be a well-known concept in modern life. Three percent of people report having had a near-death experience, and seeing a bright light is a hallmark of these NDEs, according to researchers. …

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Imagine: there’s a machine you can step into that transports your mind into a simulation, where you are to experience nothing but euphoria.

The scientists watching over your body zap it with dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, a well thought out script to make you feel nothing but pleasure, and everything else you need to make your experience the ride of a lifetime.

In fact, that’s the main downside — this is for life. …



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