A book called Proof of Heaven is bound to provoke eye rolls, but its author, Eben Alexander, had space in a Newsweek story and on shows like of Fox & Friends to detail his claims. Read into those endorsements — and nearly 15 million copies sold — whatever you will, but in a big new Esquire feature, Luke Dittrich pokes large holes in Alexander’s story, bringing into question the author’s qualification as a neurosurgeon (which is supposed to legitimize his claim) and the accuracy of his best-selling journey.
The Esquire feature charges $1.99 to access here (they provide some viable justification). Their “months-long investigation” reveals:
a series of factual omissions and inconsistencies that call significant parts of Dr. Alexander’s story into question. Before he was a celebrated “man of science” who visited the afterlife, Dr. Alexander was something else: a neurosurgeon with a troubled history and a man in need of reinvention.
This makes me very curious but I’m sorry I can’t devote time to digging into to this now. If anyone does, please note in comments or write up for a guest post. I’m also interested into why Esquire was keen to dig into these claims and expose Dr. Alexander. He is currently marketing his ideas to a gullible public. His faith-based ideas don’t hold any water with the scientific community. In order to PROVE Heaven, you must do a hell of a lot better than a popular book. Nice try Doc. I’m sure those royalty checks come in handy.
The article notes that he has had past legal troubles and the evidence of his medical emergency that spawned the Heaven story is now in dispute. He was conscious, not brain dead. These stories always seem to fall through. Believe it if you want but recognize that there is GOOD reason to doubt it completely.