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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey Into the Afterlife Audio CD – Audiobook, 23 Oct 2012
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This book is also a good reminder to scientists to remember that modern science must acknowledge it doesn't know everything, it must leave room for doubt and continued observation and exploration. We only know what we know at this present moment, and that knowledge is continually changing with new insights. Dr. Alexander thought he "knew" that consciousness was a product of brain activity, the universe decided to give him a most unexpected adjustment to what he thought he knew.
Certainly worth reading.
It goes without saying that near death experiences tend to have dramatic effects on not just the directly affected party but also close relatives and loved ones. In the case of Dr Eben Alexander however his experience goes beyond the typical feelings of increased gratitude and appreciation for all the things that make up life.
For Eben he recollects memories of a different state of consciousness whilst in a deep coma. His vivid and lucid descriptions are truly captivating and emotional - it is clear that his mental state was in a place where emotions existed in their purest state. A potentially different state to what we inhabit here on Earth.
The 'proof' for Eben was that he reached this place at a time when his brain was recording no activity whatsoever.
Unfortunately as stunningly powerful a story this may be - (and I also personally believe in a higher level beyond this earth) - I find there are logical holes in his argument that leave alot more questions than answers.
The fact remains that his memories are likely to be very fragmented - there is an argument for example that these feelings he had may have taken up the few moments before he woke from his coma as his brain was firing up again. Also the fact that Eben did not die is of course in itself proof that he did not cease to exist to try out the afterlife. Clearly his brain was still capable of processing worldly thoughts.
I will leave this to you to think about as you read it.
But certainly this book makes you think about it alot. As you read his descriptions of this 'other place' there is an immense feeling of empathy; almost like you can taste that this must be what it would be like to fully exit our bodies and explore emotion and feeling detached from the impurity of our body.
Whilst you will likely ask similar questions from this book it is a wonderfully moving story which touches upon issues that I believe are the most important out of all. Unfortunately it's ironically an area we cannot really find 'proof' of until we move on from this world ourselves.
Due to his experience the doctrine that looks like he's adopting is contrary to Christianity in different but important points, yet he is a church goer. Is he implying that his experience and his view of the universe and heaven is for all of us? Or for himself?
It left me a bit confused.
The Kindle version is a bit overpriced.
Worth a quick read.
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