Section - GREAT AUTHORS - Eben Alexander
Dr. Eben Alexander - A neurosurgeon with remarkable experience -
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"Science and spirituality greatly strengthen each other, ...
their natural synthesis is an inevitable aspect of human history,
is one that I share deeply".
Wikipedia is curiously negative about the Afterlife in general
- but it does say this about him -
Eben Alexander III (born December 11, 1953) is an American
neurosurgeon and author. His book Proof of Heaven: A
Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife (2012) describes his
2008 near-death experience and asserts that science can and will
determine that the brain does not create consciousness and that
consciousness survives bodily death.
He has written various books since his stunning NDE experience
in 2008, as follows -
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are
Proving the Afterlife (2014)
Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the
Heart of Consciousness (2017)
All are available from Amazon at this URL.
You can probably find them at no cost on other websites if you
are patient in your searching.
|At right, Dr. Eben Alexander, looking good, as
Ill-Informed Skeptics try to kill the messenger -
Various tweets and ill-informed skeptics try to kill this
messenger, as usual, but, as usual, they have NOT looked at the
overwhelming mass of evidence that is available. One of the
debunkers' methods is to harp on about medical malpractice suits
against Alexander - but those slanderers never mention how
frequently medical malpractice suits are brought against almost
every medical practitioner in the United States - "Which only
goes to show, things are not what they seem - Sister Morphine,
can my nightmares be turned into dreams? ... " (Rolling
Stones - a rhetorical question, methinks).
Legally speaking, in a logical world (!), anyone, anywhere,
anyplace can make allegations of fraud and confessions etc., but
the information does not constitute technically admissible
evidence until such time as it is tested for validity and
credibility - Dream on, Giles - Innocent until proven guilty in
a court of law? - Since when has that been evenly applied -
good, one more time!
Dr. Alexander is by no means alone in his assessment of the current
state of physical science. In case you missed it, this is from the
Home Page of this website - this paper "AWARE - AWAreness during
REsuscitation" A prospective study - by Dr. Sam Parnia & THIRTY
(yes, 30) other scientist/doctors, dated December 2014, published
after peer review by PubMed here
. It is
also said to be the world's
largest ever study so far - here
Now Eben Alexander is first and foremost a scientist, with
considerable knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology as befits
a medical doctor, and at last a surgeon of over two decades of
practice. So what he has to say is worth listening to, in the
following excerpts from his last book "Living in a Mindful
>> ... I realized I had missed a giant body of
existing research on the phenomena of NDEs, past-life memories
in children, mystical experiences, and other examples of
I began to realize there are many scientists and
physicians around the world who have already come to
appreciate that conventional scientific materialism is
hopelessly lost about any understanding of consciousness. The
past century has witnessed astonishing progress in our
understanding of the human brain. After millennia of guessing
what was happening in our heads during any human activity, we
developed exciting new tools for exploring the physical
actions within the brain
What is consciousness and where does it come from? -
The Hard Problem of Consciousness...
In the world of neuroscience and philosophy of mind, this
question is known as the hard problem of consciousness
(HPC), a term coined by the eccentric Australian
philosopher David Chalmers in his 1996 book, The Conscious
Mind. Many scientists believe it to be the most profound
mystery in the history of human thought. We know lots about
the mechanics of the brain, right down to the molecular level,
but when it comes to consciousness, we simply haven’t got a
Some scientists are ready to give up on the question. They
arrive at a point where they abandon all hope of ever
explaining how consciousness might arise from the physical
workings of the brain. Others decide to sidestep the issue by
declaring that consciousness does not even exist, or by
claiming that one day we will discover exactly how
consciousness arises from physical matter.
More modern scientific thinking ...
... more modern scientific thinking now sweeping the field
of consciousness studies concerns a wholly different concept
of the mind-brain relationship: that the brain is a reducing
valve, or filter, that reduces primordial consciousness down
to a trickle - our very limited human awareness of the
apparent “here and now.”
This conscious awareness can be liberated to a much higher
level when freed up from the shackles of the physical brain,
as happened while I was in coma.
The scientific implications are stunning, and provide
powerfully for the reality of the afterlife. But this is only
the beginning. As we come to realize that examples of
exceptional human potential (as in genius-level creativity,
telepathy, psychokinesis, precognition, and past-life
memories) really occur in some people, we begin to realize
that the latent ability is there in all humans. In other
words, these are skills that one can cultivate and enhance.
This is about a massive evolution of consciousness in which
everyone partakes. It became clear [to me] that the process of
telling my story helped others tremendously, but it also
helped me to realize the universal aspects of the message I
The risks to my career in academic neurosurgery were quite
real - I was rocking the boat in a major way, and the end
result could have been a forced separation from my tribe, that
of neurosurgery and neuroscience.
I was invited to give a keynote presentation at the
national conference of the International Association for
Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in September 2011 in Durham, North
Members of the general public often assume that my journey
and my sharing of it represent an anomaly that is antithetical
to our modern science, whereas the exact opposite has been my
experience. A number of the most advanced scientific minds in
this world, especially those deeply involved in some
understanding of consciousness, are not only on board with my
central message, but serve as mentors. They get it.
NDEs have been reported for millennia, but a major ramp-up
has taken place ever since the late 1960s, when doctors first
developed techniques to resuscitate patients who had suffered
Before that time, almost all such patients went on to die.
The result is that we have now populated this world with a
huge number of souls who have been to the other side and come
back - and some doctors are paying attention.
[Among them] Dr. van Lommel, a Dutch cardiologist [and] Dr.
Larry Dossey, a highly regarded physician who has written
influential books related to non-local consciousness
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell - wrote a book called Psychic
Exploration. I consider such enlightened individuals
(E.Mitchell & Alan Shepard, a fellow astronaut) to be
paradigm-shifting pioneers, heralding the next stage of
humanity’s evolving existence and leading us out of a world
that many feel is void of meaning or purpose.
Edgar’s intuition that science and spirituality greatly
strengthen each other, that their natural synthesis is an
inevitable aspect of human history, is one that I share
Karen Newell ... [explores] commonalities among different
schools of thought. Rather than finding one approach that held
all the answers, she was intrigued to find that some concepts
were often repeated, such as the incredible value that comes
from truly knowing one’s inner nature by going within through
a practice such as meditation.
... experience is key to full understanding; it’s not
enough simply to read about certain topics
... There is a considerable difference between believing
something, and knowing it.
... The problem with ... the materialist
brain-creates-consciousness model, is that not even the
world’s top experts on the brain have even the remotest idea
how the brain could create consciousness. It’s the modern
equivalent of scientists thinking, Well, it sure looks like
the sun rises and sets around the earth, so the sun probably
revolves around the earth.
There is so much observable data that it is easy to jump to
the conclusion that a physical change causes the phenomenal
experience, when in fact the opposite might actually be the
case: the phenomenal experience might cause the enhanced
physical activity seen in the brain.
... just because sunflowers follow the sun does not mean
that their turning causes the sun to move across the sky.
There is no way to get behind the absolute requirement of
the observing mind in interpreting the results of quantum
experiments, leading ... to the startling conclusion that
consciousness paints reality.
The physics community has only become more befuddled by
recent experimental results suggesting that there is no
objective external reality and that consciousness (the
observer) is at the very core of all of emergent reality.
NDE reports by the tens of thousands - and similarly
numerous reports of deathbed visions, after-death
communications, shared-death experiences, and past-life
memories in children indicative of reincarnation - represent
data that demand explanation if one has any interest in
understanding the world as it is, and not just as they think
it should be.
Feeling the Future by Daryl Bem ...
In a controversial 2011 report
entitled “Feeling the Future,” psychologist Daryl Bem of
Cornell University presented compelling evidence of
precognition - that is, that people demonstrate conscious
cognitive awareness of impending stimuli seconds before the
computer has randomly selected the stimulus to present (!). Read the article here.
A follow-up meta-analysis, four of them rigorously
constructed from ninety experiments in thirty-three different
laboratories spread across fourteen countries, confirmed this
experimental violation of the most fundamental notions of
... By comparison, Bem concluded that the probability that
the observations in his meta-analysis could occur by chance
alone to be 0.000000012 percent, an astronomically robust
finding of significance
Arthur Schopenhauer said, “The discovery of truth is
prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance of
things present and which mislead into error, not directly by
weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion,
Conventional neuroscience teaches that memories are stored
in some form in the neural networks of the physical brain.
However, the neuro-scientific community has been seeking such
a site for the physical storage of memories in the brain for
more than a century, to no avail.
... failure to locate physical storage of memory within the
brain provides some of the strongest evidence against the
materialist position that somehow the brain must be the source
of memory, and of conscious awareness.
The more we learn about the structure and biology of the
brain, the clearer it becomes that the brain does not create
consciousness, nor serve as the repository for memory. The
brain doesn’t produce consciousness any more than it produces
sound waves when you hear music.
Quantum physics - that is, the behavior of molecules,
atoms, and their constituents in the microscopic realm - is
the most proven theory in the history of science. The success
of the underlying math and physics supports roughly a third of
the world’s economy (in the form of microelectronics, notably
cell phones, computers, televisions, and GPS systems). Yet in
the roughly 115 years of its existence, the scientific
community has made no real progress in interpreting what the
experimental results in quantum physics actually imply about
the nature of reality.
... the only knowledge available to any human being is the
subjective. In fact, we never have access to any “objective”
reality. There seems to be a consensus reality that we assume
to be the external world, including all humans and other
beings in addition to ourselves, but we must be cautious not
to assume too much about any objective reality outside of what
is subjectively verifiable to us.
... reports from people around the world defy what
materialist science claims to be fact, and such empirical
evidence must be addressed if we have any serious interest in
understanding the nature of our world.
... much hinges on what humans believe to be possible, and
any limitations are largely “within the mind.” Such beliefs
have expanded dramatically in recent decades, with the
overwhelming evidence for non-local consciousness, such as the
reality of telepathy, precognition, presentiment, out-of-body
experiences, remote viewing, and past-life memories in
children indicative of reincarnation. Researchers of these
subjects are leading the charge in eliminating the simplistic
falsehoods of scientific materialism, and the self-imposed
limitations of human capability that they imply.
... conscious awareness itself is the only information
source available to any human being in existence. The
objective physical world is projected as outside of and
independent of our conscious awareness of it, yet our
assumption that it exists as we perceive it is only an
interpretation of our sensory experience, and not an
In filter theory, the physical brain serves as the reducing
valve or filter through which universal consciousness, or the
Collective Mind, is filtered, or allowed in, to our more
restricted human perception of the world around us. Further, I
suggest the filtering function is intimately associated with
the neocortex, the outer surface (and human part) of the
Filter theory takes us much further in explaining a wide
variety of exotic human experiences, such as near-death and
shared-death experiences, precognition, after-death
communications, out-of-body experiences, and remote viewing.
Richard Feynman (1918–1988), who won the Nobel Prize in
Physics in 1965, is renowned for his statement, “If someone
tells you they understand quantum mechanics, then all you’ve
learned is that you’ve met a liar.”
That an outcome would depend on the choices of the
experimenter making the measurement is completely unexpected.
In addition to the surprising mathematical
comprehensibility of the universe, the precise tuning of the
values of physical constants that determine the behavior of
all of the components of our universe is, likewise, shocking.
If any of these twenty-six numbers varied by even a tiny
fraction from their measured values (far less than 1 percent),
the result would have prevented the formation of atoms,
molecules, humans (and other life-forms), planets, stars, and
galaxies—none of it would exist.
I believe that this ordering intelligence, which many might
see as a creative God, is actually the very source of our
conscious awareness as sentient beings. There is no separation
between this ultimate creative force and our conscious
awareness of existing in this universe. The observer, the
self-awareness of the universe for itself, is us at the
... biologists have found robust evidence that quantum
physics is crucial to any understanding of biological
processes such as photosynthesis (plants’ ability to convert
the energy of sunlight into living matter), the human sense of
smell, and bird migration (through their ability to see the
earth’s magnetic field).
The beauty is the perfect oneness of it all — that these
enormously separate perspectives are merely different facets
of the same perfect diamond—the gem of our existence.
Daryl Bem's "Science is Broken" - Here - 12 pages)
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