Regarding Dr. Eben Alexander's multi-million seller book "PROOF of HEAVEN" - please note that Dr. Alexander did NOT choose this name, DID not want this name, and STILL does not prefer this name.
FACT: Dr. Alexander is a scientist of the highest degree as a practicing neurosurgeon, and as a top scientist, he knows that one person's subjective experience that can NOT be replicated . . .
FACT: Dr. Alexander did not even want the word "Heaven" in the title at all . . . as he cannot prove his "experience" was in Heaven as defined by Scripture!
FACT: The book publisher - with an eye for PROFIT - is the one who insisted on "Proof of Heaven" . . . believing this would sell . . . and he PROVED this to be correct, . . .
. . . whether or not he did prove Heaven.
Dr. Alexander says:
"I also knew that people would bicker about the definition of heaven. And if you get hung up in the details, you miss the fact that the important thing is that this realm is absolutely real.
It’s so non-earth like. It’s completely outside of our concept of space and time; it’s a much richer, more vibrant, more crisp and fully existent world than this little illusory, dream-like material realm we live in."
Eben Alexander III Bio:
Eben Alexander III was brought into this world by God in December, 1953, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Alexander is an American neurosurgeon and the author of the best-selling book: "Proof of Heaven":
A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, in which he describes his
2008 near-death experience and asserts that science can and will
determine that heaven really does exist.
Education and training;
Alexander attended Phillips Exeter Academy (class of 1972), University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B., 1975), and the Duke University
School of Medicine (M.D., 1980).
Dr. Alexander was an Intern
in General Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, a resident at
Duke, Newcastle (U.K.) General Hospital. He was a resident and research
fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General
Hospital and is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
and the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.).
Academic and clinical appointments;
Dr. Alexander has taught at:
Dr. Alexander has had hospital appointments at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and Lynchburg (Virginia) General Hospital-Central Health.
He is currently an attending neurosurgeon.
Alexander is a member of the American Medical Association and various other professional societies. He has been on the editorial boards of various journals.
Proof of Heaven (2012);
Dr. Alexander is the author of the autobiographical book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (2012) in which he asserts that his out of body and near death experience (NDE) while in a meningitis-induced coma in 2008 proves:
His experienced splendor was complete with angels, clouds, and departed relatives, but also including butterflies and a beautiful girl in peasant dress who Alexander finds out later was his departed sister, whom he had never seen, . . .
. . . with him and his sister being
separated at birth and adopted ot to separate familes, states
apart.In fact he did not even know he had a distant sister until
in his thirties, and never saw a picture of her until after she had
deceased . . . and after his near death hospital coma of seven days.
According to him, the current understanding of the mind “now lies broken at our feet ”— for
Dr. Alexander’s book was excerpted in a Newsweek magazine cover story in October 2012.
(In May 2012, Alexander had provided a slightly more technical account of the events described in his book in an article, "My Experience in Coma", in AANS Neurosurgeon, the trade publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Alexander's extraordinary experience in coma involved a juxtaposition of ultra-real aspects in the Gateway Realm (an idyllic valley that included earth-like features, but also spiritual aspects that provided clues as to its profound spiritual basis) . . .
. . . and The Core (dwelling place of the infinite Source, a brilliant orb and purest consciousness) with a most primitive, coarse, unresponsive realm (the "Earthworm's Eye View") that Dr. Alexander interpreted as the best consciousness his brain could muster while "soaking in pus."
Clues in his memories revealed that the vast majority of his coma odyssey occurred during days one through five of his seven day coma, at a time when his neurological exams and imaging studies showed his brain to be too damaged to allow for any but the most rudimentary of conscious experiences (as in the coarse Earthworm's Eye View).
He discussed nine of the hypotheses he and colleagues entertained in trying to explain his memories as brain-based phenomena, but in the end none of them explained his journey as "brain-based."
Given the similarity of his experiences to tens of thousands of similar reports not just in the near-death experience literature, but also in the afterlife literature over three millennia, he asserted that his experience validated the reality of many other such experiences as occurring in a realm more real than the physical realm.
He proceeded to elucidate the Hard Problem of Consciousness (that current neuroscience has not the remotest idea how the physical brain might give rise to consciousness), numerous non-local aspects of consciousness:
He argues that this "filter theory" of consciousness, which goes back to the work of Carl Jung, William James and Frederic W.H. Myers, makes more sense in explaining his odyssey in coma, as well as so many other similar experiences of extraordinary consciousness, than his older conventional neuroscientific idea that the brain creates consciousness.
As of July 3, 2013, Proof of Heaven has been on the The New York Times Best Seller list for 35 weeks.
Alexander’s book and publicity campaign have been criticized by scientists, including neuroscientist Sam Harris, who described Alexander’s NDE account (chronicled in Newsweek, October 2012) as “alarmingly unscientific,” -
Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks agreed with Harris, saying that "to deny the possibility of any natural explanation for an NDE, as Dr. Alexander does, is more than unscientific — it is antiscientific."...
"The one most plausible hypothesis in Dr. Alexander's case...is that his NDE occurred not during his coma, but as he was surfacing from the coma and his cortex was returning to full function. It is curious that he does not allow this obvious and natural explanation, but instead insists on a supernatural one."
In November 2012, Alexander responded to critics in a second Newsweek article:
In a wider-ranging investigation of Alexander's story and medical background, Esquire magazine reported (August 2013 issue) that prior to the publication of Proof of Heaven, Alexander had been had been the subject of several malpractice lawsuits, including at least one involving the alteration of medical records to cover up a medical error.
FACT: What modern brain surgeon has NOT been the subject of mal-practice in such a life-risking field?
The magazine also found what it claimed were discrepencies with regard to Alexander's version of events in the book.
All skeptics do, and all humans state details in various ways! Look at Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Obama! Has there been ANYTHING perfectly, truthfully told among them???
Alexander issued a statement after the Esquire article's publication:
FACT: "Esquire" is a 'ragazine' (as many claim) a super-market trash paper falsely accusing everyone of everything!
Let Harvard or Duke or U-Mass find fault with Dr. Alexander!