Back in October, Dr. Eben Alexander made the press rounds for his new book, Proof of Heaven. Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon, said he discovered evidence that consciousness exists beyond the body. But it was his story. As he calls it, “an N of one”.
It was met with widespread criticism from the scientific and atheist community.
But the doctors book has struck chord with book buyers and has been a best seller.
Having trained at Duke University and taught and practiced as a surgeon at Harvard, he knows brain science as well as anyone. And science, he said, cannot explain his experience.
“During my coma my brain wasn’t working improperly,” he writes in his book. “It wasn’t working at all.”
Simon & Schuster, which released the book on Oct. 23, is betting that it can appeal to very different but potentially lucrative audiences: those interested in neuroscience and those interested in mystical experiences. Already Dr. Alexander has been a guest
on “The Dr. Oz Show” and is scheduled to appear as the sole guest of an hourlong special with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday.
He is taking his book on the road as well, visiting medical centers, hospices and nursing homes presumably to push this conclusion that there is life beyond this.
One guy’s conclusion. Proof of heaven? Nonsense.
Dr. Martin Samuels, chairman of the neurology department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said that Dr. Alexander was a competant surgeon but, “There is no way to know, in fact, that his neocortex was shut down. It sounds scientific, but it is an interpretation made after the fact.”
He added…”The fact that he is a neurosurgeon is no more relevant than if he was a plumber.”
But that won’t deter Dr. Alexander. Curiously, this piece ends with a truly unscientific and ridiculous quote from him.: “Our spirit is not dependent on the brain or body. It is eternal, and no one has one sentence worth of hard evidence that it isn’t.”
And you have no hard evidence to say that it is. Credibility as a researcher? Shot.
Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz