I enjoyed that read, but I can't see anything that really addresses the main argument. Take this quote from Sam:if I granted that his brain had been shut down — it’s not shut down now
It seems that Tsakaris misses (or avoids) the implied point here. Brain activity during the coma would allow the possibility that Alexander was dreaming: making it all up. He has brain activity now
, so he might be making it up now!
It doesn't matter how suddenly he woke up (and the story about the ventilator, while it might be presented as "another miracle," is just a distraction), he couldn't have instantaneously shared his story, which means he had time to think about it. Given that he was in a coma for a week, probably had various drugs and toxins still in his system, it's not unreasonable to give him the benefit of the doubt: he might not even have recognized that he was making it all up.
If it all comes down to what Alexander knew/remembered when he woke up, then that's what needs to be documented and presented. Ideally there should be recordings of his first conversations, and garantees that nurses didn't talk to him.
Tsakaris is obviously trolling when he asks: "Why doesn't Sam have one hour for a debate" but also challenges Sam to read Alexanders book and 65 peer-reviewed clinical experiments of NDEs. At least I now know what to expect from skeptico.com