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#1 Hum

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 20:20

Dr. Eben Alexander has taught at Harvard Medical School and has earned a strong reputation as a neurosurgeon. And while Alexander says he's long called himself a Christian, he never held deeply religious beliefs or a pronounced faith in the afterlife.

But after a week in a coma during the fall of 2008, during which his neocortex ceased to function, Alexander claims he experienced a life-changing visit to the afterlife, specifically heaven.

"According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent," Alexander writes in the cover story of this week's edition of Newsweek.

So what exactly does heaven look like?

Alexander says he first found himself floating above clouds before witnessing, "transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long, streamer like lines behind them."

He claims to have been escorted by an unknown female companion and says he communicated with these beings through a method of correspondence that transcended language. Alexander says the messages he received from those beings loosely translated as:

"You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever."

"You have nothing to fear."

"There is nothing you can do wrong."


From there, Alexander claims to have traveled to "an immense void, completely dark, infinite in size, yet also infinitely comforting." He believes this void was the home of God.

After recovering from his meningitis-induced coma, Alexander says he was reluctant to share his experience with his colleagues but found comfort inside the walls of his church. He's chronicled his experience in a new book, "Proof of Heaven: A neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife," which will be published in late October.

"I'm still a doctor, and still a man of science every bit as much as I was before I had my experience," Alexander writes. "But on a deep level I'm very different from the person I was before, because I've caught a glimpse of this emerging picture of reality. And you can believe me when I tell you that it will be worth every bit of the work it will take us, and those who come after us, to get it right." :happy:

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 20:22

This is honestly the only type of proof we are going to get to prove there is a after life. If you think about it, if this world is a virtual world like in the Matrix, when you die, you just get unplugged.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 20:24

I have yet to come across an afterlife experience, where a person visited hell.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 20:27

I have yet to come across an afterlife experience, where a person visited hell.


I would agree, if you look at the bible you don't go to heaven or hell until judgement day(this is common amongst all the major religions), so the only factual thing I could say is if your going to hell you don't get a experience like this.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 20:28

I have yet to come across an afterlife experience, where a person visited hell.


I'd assume if they were visiting hell whilst in their coma they'd probably die of shock, and hence never wake up to tell the story :p

Granted his story is more of a general afterlife rather than a particularly "Christian" heaven.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 20:31

And yet not a single shred of evidence was provided; thus, it still makes sense to not believe it is real or unreal. After all, would this god punish us for using logic and reason (not believing Heaven exists while we await evidence)?

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 20:33

In other news, people dream!

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 20:39

I'd assume if they were visiting hell whilst in their coma they'd probably die of shock, and hence never wake up to tell the story :p


An even bigger shock would be, to meet a lot of your relatives and friends there! :laugh:

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 21:23

I don't know what's more idiotic the fact that this drivel was printed or the fact that people actually believe this crap.

Standard of evidence has plummeted to "he said it" :rofl:

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 21:28

In other news, people dream!


I thought people don't dream in a Coma?

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 21:36

http://www.freethoug...-god-hypothesis

Same guy

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 21:45

So this guy claims to have been admitted into heaven, despite not actually being dead?

This guy is either lying, dreaming, or saying that God made a clerical error and allowed a non-dead guy into heaven, in which case there's a good chance that God's not going to be happy about making a mistake and punish him accordingly.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 21:56

I have yet to come across an afterlife experience, where a person visited hell.


There are a few hellish experiences.

Hell is the result of deep beliefs that a person is 'evil' and deserves the worst of punishments.

These experiences are quite temporary, however.

An individual 'wakes up' to the true conditions when exposed to such a shock.

And there are some great variations to Heaven-like conditions.

Individuals do not necessarily go to the same 'place'.


These are not simply 'dreams' -- an individual spirit leaves the body for a while.

You each do in fact leave your bodies each night -- whether you block out recall of the experience or not.

It is necessary for your physical survival.


As for proof, the only proof you can experience is to develop your natural abilities to go out-of-body, at a conscious level.

No one can do this for you.

You existed as a spirit before life and shall continue to exist after 'death'.

You are as dead now as you will ever be.

You are now with 'God' as you will ever be.

You are more than the physical body that you think is YOU.

Seek the truth and ye shall find -- claim the freedom that is yours.

Only your Beliefs stand in the way. ;)

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 21:59

As for proof, the only proof you can experience is to develop your natural abilities to go out-of-body, at a conscious level.


http://www.randi.org...-challenge.html

Only your Reality stands in the way. ;)

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 22:06

Yes, isn't it extremely convenient how everyone who has a near death experience just happens to have the experience which perfectly "fits" their current religious belief?