He's either a crackpot or just shamelessly cashing in on people's insecurities. Either explanation is a vastly more likely prospect, I think, than there actually being an afterlife. At least this book is a little less insulting than that one where a child tries to convince us of the afterlife. I think it's called, Heaven is for real. At least a scientist begins with a little more ethos than a child.
Anyway, as for your question, I can't even imagine such a scenario. One of my greatest fears is failure, and if I had nothing to fear, then I could never fail. It doesn't make any sense. The only things worth doing are those which pose some threat of failure. By the way, I'm already utterly loved and cherished by a multitude of people, i.e. my family, and it's a fact of which I rarely take any notice. Love doesn't really affect my plans.
Sounds like, as does every other normally logical thinker made a whole shit ton of assumptions of a "supernatural" area he briefly experienced that we don't know anything about. I hope he has solid evidence of his claims.
I once had a dream that I was falling, I did not wake up on the ground, was my mind deceiving me? I do not know but I did not maintain a belief as though I had fallen. Did it actually happen in another plain I don't know. Form photography and may own experience I have learned the mind fills in information that my eye does not detect My mind is actually creating a fictitious reality. Most people do not see things or remember things exactly the same for this reason, until it is pointed out to them and there are enough processed similarities they come to a general consensus. The mind even allows for the changing of one belief for a more palatable one. I am not denying Dr. Alexander's belief in what he believes "happened" to him; there is also the possibility, with so many near death experiences in our midst, his mind filled in what it could not process in an attempt to complete the picture. It is a survival tool that inform the mind how to best respond to a perceived threat or desire. God and Heaven is an amazing thing, I just don't believe this man has any plausible information to share any more than a person who experiences alien abduction. Get a group of people, all die together, come back together, repeat several times, compare notes, and he may have a theory.
Just because someone hears voices in their mind while they're in a coma is no solid proof of an after-life; they may chose to believe that and that's entirely up to them, but unless they can show some physical proof to the rest of the world. it's Theory and Speculation.
Personally I already know there's nothing to fear in this world but Fear, itself. While a healthy dose of fear can teach people to be cautious about potentially dangerous situations, this helping their survival, fear itself isn't necessary to live life...in my opinion, anyway. And I already know I'm loved and cherished by the people whom I also love and cherish, which is really all that matters to me.
Oh look! A new person has found Big Foot DNA and has made wonderous claims and yet.....once again, has no evidence or proof to back up their story. Just like all the people who claim to have died and gone to their version of heaven.
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I was wondering why you didn't provide sources... Your description of his case is quite incorrect (and you spelled his name wrong).
The man was, in fact, not brain dead. Nor was his neocortex not-functioning, which should go without saying. The thalamus, basal ganglia, and brainstem are deeper brain structures (‘subcortical regions’) and most likely contributed to the processing of such hyperreal experiences, and his case were still active, even if his neocortex had not been functioning (which it was, but... I digress).
According to Mark Cohen, a neurologist, the neocortical inactivity described by Dr. Alexander is “brain death, a 100 percent lethal condition.” If Dr. Alexander had been brain dead as he described it, he would not have survived, or would have remained in a vegetative state for the remainder of his life hooked up to machines. What a way to live. After hearing this remark via the media, Alexander changed his previous story to the line “well, the thing is I would not say completely inactive...” Although in his book he did. Strange.
Basically what's happening here is that Dr. Alexander is saying 'trust me, I'm a doctor', and people are trusting him without doing their own research. One particular person kind of put it into context on a comment under one of the articles I'm leaving for you all: My hallucinations have more evidentiary value than the average hallucination. Because I'm a doctor.
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Yeah, unfortunately doctors are notorious for doing these sorts of things, and then expecting credibility in their story because of the degrees they've earned. For example, do you remember the study done by one particular doctor who claimed that vaccines and Autism were connected? He made his research up in order to get published. All lies. It stinks.
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He wants to get notification for having this 'first ever experience'. He had a hallucination, but since he's a doctor he assumes everyone will believe that his hallucination was something more significant. Unfortunately for him, we are a bunch of skeptics with a more profound ability to smell bullshit.
I remember seeing that and being like, WTF. Either he was lying, there was still some brain activity (somehow, idk), or he was telling the truth, in which case, audhhusiawjdiaejdjeidmsmd ERMAGHERD WHAT IS THIS SORCERYdisddkawikwd
I am going to assume that this scientist saw Heaven by the given name of his book. I believe he witnessed a miracle since he was in a coma for 7 days (Which is pretty long if you ask me.) Also, he used to believe that these visions were nothing but distressed neurons in the brain, and maybe he got a sign to bascally be put in the shoes of others of whom he may have claimed to have had near death experiences.
Pay attention gullible one. Change of minds connected with faith put into book form = MONEY. It's an easy scam with many willing consumers needing a fix. Every year you have new accounts of afterlife experiences, big foot findings, alien abductions, and other weird shit getting published because there are markets for it.
Well since this post was merely proposing the hypothetical question "what would you do?" to all the scientists who deduced that this was only a question. And since the only other thing posted here in can be reduced to hear-say and a book that is not currently IN existence either. What the 'HELL'. !. Mastermind a revolution (in which thousands, probable millions would be slaughtered) in support of my monomaniacal sense of what should be. 2. Take control of the state of Virginia, incorporate it as a business who's sole purpose is to produce, package, and distribute tobacco products. Revenue going solely to continued production. Oh, smokes a buck a pack again. And you smoke where-ever the fuck you want.
The question is the human condition, Fear, love, food and shelter. And since we can't change our "humanity", lets just enjoy our freedom of speech which has been applied so liberally here. And let this doctor schmuck apply his liberal right to make his capitalist buck. Everybody is here to pedal their own propaganda anyway.
Anyways I'm sure he saw western heaven as he is a westerner as oppose to Abrahamic heaven as originally described (sans cloud). I knew a guy who had a near death experience and saw his wife who 'slapped him' for thinking he could die. There are people who Brahma when they have near death.
I expect I'd see a tunnel with light at the end because that's how I envision death.