One more "late comer" :)
Great thread, there are many thoughts and doubts which I myself have gone through.
There were some moments in the forst posts, which I want to bring out.
Without your physical body, your consciousness does not exist. If it does, there should be a way to prove it.[..] When your body ceases to exist, you no longer have the ability to dream.
For now, science has no evidence for that. Those are just assumptions. You cannot prove that your consciousness does not exist without your body because the bodyless consciousness does not have any means to directly interact with physical measurement devices (Let's forget about poltergeist stories for a moment). Non-physical things should be measured by non-physical measurement tools, but if you do not have any, you cannot say that there are no such things just because you are unable to mesaure them (yet).
You're trying to convince people of your ideas and beliefs based on your own personal experience with it. Your arguing points are only points taken from MBT, and the 'experience it' argument.
If someone tries to convince someone else, he would never say: "please, do not trust me, go and experience it yourself". And I guess, many of people have came to the MBT AFTER they have experienced something that does not fit in current scientific model. The T in MBT is for "Theory" not for "Truth". That is just a way how the author tries to make it all fit together instead of leaving things with that ugly "para-" label.
Just because you believe something paranormal happened does not mean that something paranormal happened. It means there was an uncertainty, fluctuation, anomaly, etc. in our physical reality...these things are random and that is the explanation.
Last year I myself had four meaningful dreams in a period of one month, and ALL those dreams have come true in no more than one day after I saw them. I have a master degree in programnming, I have studied some statistics and I have a deep gut feeling that the chances of all those dreams together to be just a coincidence are close to zero. I am skeptic, so when the first dream came true, I thought: "Well, that's a nice coincidence". After it occured 3 more times in next weeks, my mind was like blowing up trying to explain it. Those dreams were not highly emotional, those were just minor (but rare) issues and I noticed those dreams just because I have a habbit of remembering my dreams (most of them are sci-fi style so I have a good time remembering being some superhero and doing some secret missions :D). In the real life I have a pretty bad intuition and totally no abilities that could be defined as para-something.
Another experience was my dying aunt. She spent her last days in a hospital. Her daughter later told us how shocked the daughter was, when one day the aunt asked her: "Why did you throw that bottle away, it was a good bottle, I liked it so much ..." "How did you know that?" the daughter asked. "I just saw it", the aunt answered. It was like a spontaneous remote viewing, there was just no other explanation, no matter how hard we tried to find any. At that time I had no any knowledge about the remote viewing.
If all those things are just a "wishful thinking", then I have just one question: why my wishes come true even before I know that I have wished them? :)
All those things are 'paranormal anomalies' from the point of view of the mainstream science. And this is where MBT comes in. MBT tries to explain anomalies and find some common system in which those anomalies are "nomalies". I guess, it is better to have some good theory for something than leave it with a mystical "paranormal" tag. The term "paranormal" seems totally unscientific, so scientists shouldn't even use it :)
Why the evidence has not become mainstream - because there are not enough people who can control those experiences. Many are afraid of it because scientists have attached that "paranormal" label to those experiences. I do not know any person who would like to be called "paranormal", do you? :) I guess, 10 - 20 years is too little time for something like that to become normal considering the current situation.
And also we should consider those rules to avoid creating a "new religion" where people have much more limited choices and ways to express their free will. If it would become a science, most of us would lose a choice to expand our understanding of things. If people since childhood would know that this world is mostly like a learning game ... you can imagine, what children often want to do with learning games (hint: anything but the learning) :)
Anyway, for all skeptics:
Ask yourself: what evidence would be enough for you? Should you hear it on TV? Should you read about it in elementary school physics book? Should God come from the Heaven and tell you: "I exist"? :) Anyway, all of those "evidences" would be just some authority trying to convince you about "the Truth". That would be just another belief system. That is why MBT tells you to trust what you experience and can prove to yourself, not the things that someone else says (no matter, how respectable the source of information seems to be). And by the way, Thomas Campbell IS a scientist, so he has the same rights to represent the science as any other scientist, no matter what he has experienced and what theories he has put forward.
Consciousness is like a precious measurement device. To measure the non-material, you have to train your consciousness. If you refuse to train it, there will be no way you can get in touch with other non-material things, so there will be no way for you to prove (or disprove) their existence. If you have restricted your consciousness, you will not be able to see any evidence even if you look straight at it (like Galileo's collegues did not see anything special in his telescope). Then at least be honest and admit that you have no tools or no desire to measure but do not say there's nothing out there.