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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife (edição: 2012)

de Eben Alexander (Autor)

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"A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human-- shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life"--"Near-death experiences are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real, but they are fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human--shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. This story sounds like the wild imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary"--… (mais)
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Título:Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
Autores:Eben Alexander (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2012), Edition: 1, 196 pages
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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife de III Eben Alexander

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I read this book because a friend asked for my opinion, and here it is:

What struck me most was this quote from page 152: "[...] we have lost touch with the deep mystery at the center of existence - our consciousness. It was (under different names and expressed through different world-views) something known well and held close by pre-modern religions, but it was lost to our secular Western culture as we became increasingly enamored with the power of modern science and technology."

These words immediately reminded me of something I had read in Yunkaporta's Sand Talk: "These are global stories and systems of knowledge that must have once been common to all people. We think something terrible must have happened in the north to make people forget, causing science to have to start all over again from scratch rather than building on what went before. What could this cataclysm have been?"

So, Alexander sets out to explain that disconnection and to encourage us to seek reconciliation. I admire his decision to risk his professional career to do so. He highlights that "You are loved." is the key message he received during his NDE, which aligns with what I have heard from other people's NDEs. That's reassuring. I lack the knowledge to judge Alexander's explanations and hypothesis regarding NDEs and consciousness, but they are food for thought.

I didn't like the first 50 pages though, through which I had to squirm and push myself due to my aversions reading about medical conditions and practices in all details.
  readalicious | Jan 7, 2021 |
I thought this was a wonderful story but alas it was somewhat lacking in the proof area. ( )
  aldimartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
I thought this was a wonderful story but alas it was somewhat lacking in the proof area. ( )
  Andy_DiMartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
First and foremost, Dr. Eban Alexander, was a top-notch neurosurgeon. He heard patients talk of NDE (near death experiences), but listened and filed it away to disbelief. Until, he developed an extremely rare and virulent E.Coli infection in his brain. In a coma, he was unresponsive. While his co-workers tried to keep him alive, each day he slipped more toward death.

When the family was told there was no hope, miraculously, he came alive.
This is his story of experiences while in a deep coma. Witnessing a guardian angel, he felt safe, until he felt and saw what he though an worms eye view of much, danger and blackness. He was also propelled out of this horror to a safe space, of watching children, animals and happiness abounding.

While at times I thought his writing style was too pedantic and scientific, in the end, I found this a fascinating book.

Dr. Eban Alexander became a near-death experience believer after he, himself was taken downward, and then lifted in the light by his winged helper.
  Whisper1 | Jul 26, 2020 |
This is a good book about an NDE (Near Death Experience). What is remarkable about this account are two things. One, it happened to a Neurosurgeon. A neurosurgeon who had heard these same kinds of stories from his own patients, but just ignored them because, he KNEW, as a neurosurgeon they were impossible. After his experience, he felt obligated to correct the scientific knowledge and provide sound arguments against those of his contemporaries, given the peculiarities of his extraordinary experience. The second remarkable thing about this case was the medical facts involved. This neurosurgeon got bacterial meningitis which is very rare and NEVER occurs to people who have NOT just had brain surgery or an accident which punctured their skull. So the fact that he got this brain infection from unknown causes would, in itself, require the re-writing of the medical textbooks. But even more extraordinary, was that after a week in a coma, during which his brain scans showed that his cortex was destroyed by the infection, he woke up and eventually made a full recovery. This kind of recovery is considered a medical miracle. The author is a brilliant articulate storyteller who describes his visits to "heaven" for the week he was in a coma. ( )
  RFBrost | Jul 8, 2020 |
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We talk about his past life and his present one, and about the strange voyage that divided the two. We talk about some of the stories he tells in Proof of Heaven, which has sold nearly two million copies and remains near the top of the New York Times best-seller list nearly a year after its release. We also talk about some of the stories you won't find in the book, stories I've heard from current and former friends and colleagues, and stories I've pulled from court documents and medical-board complaints, stories that in some cases give an entirely new context to the stories in the book, and in other cases simply contradict them.
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"A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human-- shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life"--"Near-death experiences are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real, but they are fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human--shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. This story sounds like the wild imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary"--

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