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Old 10-09-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Let us pray. . .

Comatose guy says he went to heaven.

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Heaven is real, says neurosurgeon who claims to have visited the afterlife

By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News

Dr. Eben Alexander claims to have visited the afterlife (Twitter)Dr. Eben Alexander has taught at Harvard Medical School and has earned a strong reputation as a neurosurgeon. And while Alexander says he's long called himself a Christian, he never held deeply religious beliefs or a pronounced faith in the afterlife.

But after a week in a coma during the fall of 2008, during which his neocortex ceased to function, Alexander claims he experienced a life-changing visit to the afterlife, specifically heaven.

"According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent," Alexander writes in the cover story of this week's edition of Newsweek.

So what exactly does heaven look like?

Alexander says he first found himself floating above clouds before witnessing, "transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long, streamer like lines behind them."

He claims to have been escorted by an unknown female companion and says he communicated with these beings through a method of correspondence that transcended language. Alexander says the messages he received from those beings loosely translated as:

"You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever."

"You have nothing to fear."

"There is nothing you can do wrong."

From there, Alexander claims to have traveled to "an immense void, completely dark, infinite in size, yet also infinitely comforting." He believes this void was the home of God.


After recovering from his meningitis-induced coma, Alexander says he was reluctant to share his experience with his colleagues but found comfort inside the walls of his church. He's chronicled his experience in a new book, "Proof of Heaven: A neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife," which will be published in late October.

"I'm still a doctor, and still a man of science every bit as much as I was before I had my experience," Alexander writes. "But on a deep level I'm very different from the person I was before, because I've caught a glimpse of this emerging picture of reality. And you can believe me when I tell you that it will be worth every bit of the work it will take us, and those who come after us, to get it right."
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:27 PM   #2
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i'm sure there will be unlimited bashing here.
but it's interesting. because you normally hear these wild stories from that white trash lady who never wears her pants or leaves her house. the one who was abducted by aliens and sees UFOs.
but to hear this from a respected doctor who is also well known is interesting.
something to think about
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i'm sure there will be unlimited bashing here.
but it's interesting. because you normally hear these wild stories from that white trash lady who never wears her pants or leaves her house. the one who was abducted by aliens and sees UFOs.
but to hear this from a respected doctor who has a book to sell.
something to think about
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eh, not really sure someone like that would care about profit from book sales.
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Like he doesn't make any money from being a neurosurgeon so he has to write a book to make money.

Or he just wants to be famous
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He's a respected neurosurgeon. I doubt he would make this up for money when his salary is already ridiculous.
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He's a respected neurosurgeon. I doubt he would make this up for money when his salary is already ridiculous.
Well considering that "the afterlife" is pure fiction he did make it up. Were all worm food, just like every generation before.
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Well considering that "the afterlife" is pure fiction he did make it up. Were all worm food, just like every generation before.
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He's a respected neurosurgeon. I doubt he would make this up for money when his salary is already ridiculous.
Yes, because people who make money aren't interested in making more money.
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Well considering that "the afterlife" is pure fiction he did make it up. Were all worm food, just like every generation before.
damn guy, you seem to have real meaning and purpose to your life.
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damn guy, you seem to have real meaning and purpose to your life.
Plenty of meaning and purpose here. Just no God.
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damn guy, you seem to have real meaning and purpose to your life.
That fact that there is no afterlife gives even more meaning and purpose to your life.
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Plenty of meaning and purpose here. Just no God.
maybe for you, but that guy aspires to be worm food.
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And you aspire to be?
i don't live everyday having my goal being worm food.
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maybe for you, but that guy aspires to be worm food.
Pretty sure I don't aspire to be worm food... Instead I live my life with the knowledge that life is finite and should be cherished while on earth. I choose not to live in fear of a book of fairy tales written 2000 years ago with no proof.

Let me ask you this, does your god have any affect on the natural word as we know it? If so, that should be easily demonstrated. If not, why even believe at all?

I'll patiently wait for your evidence of said after life and or god.
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Pretty sure I don't aspire to be worm food... Instead I live my life with the knowledge that life is finite and should be cherished while on earth. I choose not to live in fear of a book of fairy tales written 2000 years ago with no proof.

Let me ask you this, does your god have any affect on the natural word as we know it? If so, that should be easily demonstrated. If not, why even believe at all?

I'll patiently wait for your evidence of said after life and or god.
i never stated my views on religion at all. i'm going to stay out of that.
i'm really just trying to imply that some people are extremely close minded about things and it bugs the crap out of me.
PS: the world is flat. don't tell me otherwise because that's retarded. there's no current evidence that suggests otherwise.

also the article in the OP can be perceived as evidence. it can also be ignored or not believed. take it as you choose i don't care either way
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