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Questions of Heaven
on 26 January 2015
Anyone who has lost someone who is dear to them can relate to the desire to know more about what comes after this lifetime. As I age, I find myself more skeptical than I had been in my youth; and yet I cling to the same hope as the countless masses - that something of the person we are here on Earth will remain sentient forever. There is some comfort to be found in science. We know that energy cannot be unmade, only changed. For me, however, it is that continued desire to “be with” and “know” my loved ones once more.
This book popped out at me as I scanned the countless available downloads for my kindle. I am aware of the dozens of books out there covering individual near death experiences. This particular book seemed different in that it was written by a neuroscientist; a proclaimed non-believer prior his own week long coma. I decided at once that i had to read this account by a doctor and a man of science. I wanted to hear what experiences had completely changed his world view.
The book was not what I expected, but no less intriguing. Alexander gave a lot of background information and went into great depth about his illness. I was glad that he made his story so personal, but there was definitely less information about the afterlife than I had anticipated. He makes it very clear in his text that he cannot find the words to do his experiences justice; but even so, I felt that what he did attempt to share was very brief. I finished the book feeling happy for the author, but with a yearning for more information. Alexander did provide a very thorough bibliography of sources at the end. He has also written other books; presumably about his continued research into this other “realm”. While I don’t feel particularly inclined to read his other works, I did spy a volume by the Dalai Lama in his notes that I intend to pursue. It is about the connection between science and faith, but I am not sure if it actually addresses the afterlife.
Alexander’s book didn’t answer any questions for me, but it did provide a bit more hope. Perhaps that is all we can ever hope for. It seems that people can spend their whole lives pondering and researching these questions, and still the only answers come after the fact.