Dr. Eben Alexander Says It’s Time for Brain Science to Graduate From Kindergarten

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In a previous post I wrote:  “I didn’t use to have any belief in spirituality….it was very upsetting for me to think about the possibility of death.  What bothered me most was the fear that I wouldn’t be able to think anymore….I’ve wrestled with the question of whether my consciousness is in my head, or something higher…and gained a conviction that whatever happens to my body or my brain, my conscious life will continue.”

What follows is an interview by my colleague, Ingrid Peschke, with Dr. Eben Alexander — a man who actually experienced my conviction.  What he says about God, unconditional love and immortality, has paradigm-shattering implications for healing and health.  Here’s Ingrid…

Anyone who openly declares that consciousness is not brain is going to get some attention. Especially when it’s from an established neurosurgeon whose knowledge of brain science includes 25 years of clinical practice, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Eben Alexander has collected his fair share of skeptics over the claims he’s made in his New York Times bestseller, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

After a year of being on the shelves for public consumption, his book has sometimes taken a beating from critics who have poked holes in his story of surviving a very rare case of meningitis, which virtually destroyed his neocortex (the side of the brain that makes us human) and nearly left him dead or at best a vegetable.

Still, no one can dispute the proof that he’s alive and well today.

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One thought on “Dr. Eben Alexander Says It’s Time for Brain Science to Graduate From Kindergarten

  1. «Still, no one can dispute the proof that he’s alive and well today.»

    No one disputes this. It’s everything else, including the alleged virtual destruction of his neocortext, that is rightfully under dispute. Are you sure that Eben Alexander even makes that claim? If you accepted that claim (which you should not as there’s no valid basis for the claim), the narrative would not make any sense. Presumably he has a fully functioning neocortex now, right? Would you suggest that it died and then simply regenerated fully? That would almost be as big a story as verifying that consciousness can exist without brain function.

    Even if you accepted that the cortex became non-functional, there are problems with the assumption that these visions came to him while the neocortex was non-functional rather than during some other time period. It is simply his unverified assumption. You cannot call that proof that consciousness is independent of the brain.

    See http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/this-must-be-heaven

    Also, this is interesting:
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:www.esquire.com/features/the-prophet&strip=1