Just to be clear, I do not call Joe ... whom I respect very much ... a "fool" in any way. Quite the opposite, I honor and respect him very much. I believe in his experience, that he believes in it, that it was valuable to him, that he learned much from it, that other people experience such things (perhaps I had a taste of it, as I mention). In fact, it sounds like a rich, rewarding, mind and life altering, treasure of an experience.
But, no, I do not see any way that human beings can function in the world in any complex way (doing crossword puzzles, having intricate conversations with others, writing science papers) without thoughts. It is the same as I believe that a human being cannot live for more than a few minutes without a heart beat and breathing. I believe that there are case histories of people believing that they are without thoughts ... and really really feeling so ... just as there are people who feel convinced that their heart has stopped or they are not breathing for weeks at a time. (There are actual cases. Joe's report seems to indicate something very positive, very life changing for him, and that is to be celebrated, but there are negative versions too. Joe's very positive experience seems the very opposite of this: https://www.healthline.com/health/cotar ... n#symptoms
Do I think that Joe was without thoughts yet working at his job, talking with his family, reading the newspaper? No.
Has Joe explained any mechanism by which he engaged in such activities or their equivalents without thoughts? No.
Do I think that Joe thinks so and actually experienced feeling so? Yes.
Could Joe be right and I am wrong? Yes. (I never say "absolutely never" about anything.)
Could I be right and Joe misinterprets his experience? Yes. (Please grace me by allowing that possibility too.)
Does my opinion change anything that Joe needs to believe or cherish in his experience? No.
Is there any reason that I should not be allowed my opinion? No.
Any reason that Joe should not be allowed his interpretation either? No.
Is the experience ultimately Joe's and nobody else's business? Yes.
PS Avistor ...
I believe in those things.
Because the impossible is possible.
Well, yes, sometimes what is believed to be impossible turns out to be possible. But often, the impossible is just impossible. Somebody believing that they are living without a pumping heart, or that they can levitate, or that they saw the Loch Ness monster does not mean that that is what is actually occurring even if the people who testify so truly believe that is what happened and it is their experience and interpretation. (Although I never say "never," I think it highly unlikely without some evidence or an explanation of the mechanism by which such claims could be possible). Until it is shown how one can engage in complex human activities without complex human thoughts, I will remain skeptical. Quantum entanglement does little to change my own thoughts on the matter.