Top Neurosurgeon Athiest: Heaven And God Exist

Discussion in 'Religion and Spirituality' started by pspr, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. pspr


    Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis.

    During his illness Dr Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion "shut down" and that he then experienced "something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death." In an essay for American magazine Newsweek, which he wrote to promote his book Proof of Heaven, Dr Alexander says he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a "place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones" and "shimmering beings".

    He continues: "Birds? Angels? These words registered later, when I was writing down my recollections. But neither of these words do justice to the beings themselves, which were quite simply different from anything I have known on this planet. They were more advanced. Higher forms." The doctor adds that a "huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above, and I wondered if the winged beings were producing it. the sound was palpable and almost material, like a rain that you can feel on your skin but doesn't get you wet."

    Dr Alexander says he had heard stories from patients who spoke of outer body experiences but had disregarded them as "wishful thinking" but has reconsidered his opinion following his own experience.

    He added: "I know full well how extraordinary, how frankly unbelievable, all this sounds. Had someone even a doctor told me a story like this in the old days, I would have been quite certain that they were under the spell of some delusion.

    "But what happened to me was, far from being delusional, as real or more real than any event in my life. That includes my wedding day and the birth of my two sons." He added: "I've spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigous medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold as I myself did to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us.

    "But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it."
  2. I doubt this will discourage our resident truck driving atheist from spamming the board with more of his brain droppings.
  3. {freetinker} nuh-uh!
  4. Hmm i wonder if such thing would happen to Bill gates or gw bush...

    i guess their experiences will be way different in the "other world".
    greetings by devils, fire, destruction, pain and floating dollars everywhere.
    everyone has its own heaven
  5. TGregg


    You guys really are insecure about this whole sky fairy thing, aren't you? Maybe I don't see the threads from the "other side" `cuz I have those posters on ignore, but I don't see a lot of yammering about Einstein and Hawking either. You wanna believe in the Great Father, go for it. No skin off my nose. Why does it bother you so much that somebody else doesn't believe in your magic?
  6. stu


    Untrue. It gave him reason, that's all.

    ... that's a reason. kidding. For that there's a simple reason.
  7. Mav88


    I've read many articles like the one above. I'm not a believer and I just don't care to debate Christians or jews anymore, we can live with each other just fine.

    If you want to argue, why not argue with those who are a real threat to everyone - the muslims? If half the energy that goes into opposing atheists went towards putting doubt into muslims, it woiuld be much more productive. Then I would spend more time trying to shut up the children like foulthinker who thinks we live in 1350.
  8. We're the one insecure :D :D (vis a vis my post on free)
  9. TGregg


    Right. Heck, my GF believes in ghosts. I really do not care. But I think it bugs her (just a little) that I do not. I'm not interested in "convincing" her otherwise (AKA "fixing" her) and I'm not about to be swayed by her one story. It's the same thing. If someone wants to believe in ghosts or MLM or eating scoops of vitamin C or that weirdo water from the health food store, go ahead. But it is curious when my belief bugs them.
  10. pspr


    Judge not, lest you be judged yoursef.
    #10     Oct 10, 2012