I recently read Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. Written autobiographically by Eben Alexander, M.D., a Duke University-trained neurosurgeon who spent many years affiliated with Harvard Medical School, it recounts a rather unconventional near-death experience (NDE) that was caused by a rare kind of bacterial meningitis.
Alexander describes himself, before his NDE, as an agnostic with regard to religion and a skeptic of anything not demonstrable by science. He had heard of NDEs, but had paid little attention to them and was serenely confident, when he thought about them at all, that they represented merely the neurochemical coping mechanisms of a dying brain — real, that is, but pointing to no actual world beyond the brain itself.
“My experience showed me that the death of the body and the brain are [sic] not the end of consciousness, that human experience continues beyond the grave. . . . The place I went was real. Real in a way that makes the life we’re living here and now completely dreamlike by comparison.”
Dr. Alexander speaks repeatedly of the “astonishing clarity,” “vibrant richness,” and “ultra-reality” of his experience. And yet, “while I was in coma my brain hadn’t been working improperly. It hadn’t been working at all” (emphasis his).
Important claims. Fascinating to read from a neurosurgeon.