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Title: MY PROOF OF HEAVEN. (cover story) Authors: Alexander, Dr. Eben Source: Newsweek. 10/15/2012, Vol. 160 Issue 16, p28-32. 5p. Document Type: Article Subject Terms: *FIRST person narrative *ASTRAL projection *CONSCIOUSNESS *NEAR-death experiences -- Religious aspects *FUTURE life *RESEARCH *SCIENTISTS -- Religious life *COMA *PATIENTS *MENINGITIS *NEUROSURGEONS *NEOCORTEX RELIGIOUS aspects Abstract: This article presents a first person narrative that documents the author's alleged out-of-body experiences that he underwent while in a severe coma as a result of a bacterial meningitis infection. The author discusses his personal background of cynicism with regards to religion and spirituality that resulted from his experiences as a scientist and a neurosurgeon, and he presents a detailed description of the heavenly dimension he allegedly experienced despite the complete shut down of his neocortex. A discussion of the scientific possibilities for the existence of consciousness beyond the physical body is also provided, along with the author's assertions that the science of consciousness should be reexamined. Full Text Word Count: 2839 ISSN: 0028-9604 Accession Number: 82576146 Persistent link to this record (Permalink): ? direct=true&db=aph&AN=82576146&site=ehost-live Cut and Paste:
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<A href="? direct=true&db=aph&AN=82576146&site=ehost-live">MY PROOF OF HEAVEN.</A> Database: Academic Search Premier Section: Features MY PROOF OF HEAVEN As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father's path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death. The brain is an astonishingly sophisticated but extremely delicate mechanism. Reduce the amount of oxygen it receives by the smallest amount and it will react. It was no big surprise that people who had undergone severe trauma would return from their experiences with strange stories. But that didn't mean they had journeyed anywhere real. Although I considered myself a faithful Christian, I was so more in name than in actual belief. I didn't begrudge those who wanted to believe that Jesus was more than simply a good man who had suffered at the hands of the world. I sympathized deeply with those who wanted to believe that there was a God somewhere out there who loved us unconditionally. In fact, I envied such people the security that those beliefs no doubt provided. But as a scientist, I simply knew better than to believe them myself.
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