“Death Is Not Final”: LIVE DEBATE with Dr. Eben Alexander, Author of “Proof of Heaven”

TODAY (May 7, 2014) at 6:45pm Eastern

In partnership with FORA.tv, Patheos presents an Intelligence Squared debate: “Death is Not Final.”

If consciousness is just the workings of neurons and synapses, how do we explain the phenomenon of near-death experience? By some accounts, about 3 percent of the U.S. population has had one: an out-of-body experience often characterized by remarkable visions and feelings of peace and joy, all while the physical body is close to death. To skeptics, there are more plausible, natural explanations, like oxygen deprivation. Is the prospect of an existence after death “real” and provable by science, or a construct of wishful thinking about our own mortality?

Debate Participants:

For the Motion:

Dr. Eben Alexander, Neurosurgeon and author, Proof of Heaven

Dr. Raymond Moody, Psychologist, Medical doctor and author, Life After Life

Against the Motion:

Sean Carroll, Physicist and Writer

Dr. Steven Novella, Academic Neurologist, Yale School of Medicine

 

 

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  • Flaricka

    Oh man, I’m a day late (as usual). Will this debate be posted somewhere?

  • john

    The opposition falsely assert that there is no scientific experiment showing telepathy or other forms of esp. This shows ignorance of those experiments . They also falsely assert that to accept the afterlife is to reject the whole of science. This shows ignorance of the evidence too.
    A deeper aspect of reality than our senses brains and instruments can grasp, doesn’t contradict science. Quantum mechanics experiments make sense only with the assumption of a deeper reality than space and time. That doesn’t contradict science. It is the current state of science. That Newtonian mechanics doesn’t fit the afterlife doesn’t disprove the afterlife any more than Newtonian mechanics not fitting quantum mechanics disproves Newtonian mechanics.
    Due to the opposition’s deeply flawed logic, they lose the debate.