January 24

 

 

Eben Alexander III, M.D.

Eben Alexander III, M.D.

 January 24, 2012 – Discussion

 Video Presentation of Eben Alexander’s Lecture at the 2011 IANDS Conference

Eben Alexander was a special guest at the 2011 IANDS conference in Durham, NC. His presentation was the most emotional one of the conference. Alexander, a renowned academic neurosurgeon, spent 54 years honing his scientific worldview. He thought he knew how the brain and mind worked. In 2008 he became very ill and was hospitalized with bacterial meningitis, far more serious than viral meningitis. Doctors eventually discovered that the culprit was E. coli, a very rare situation in adults. While he was driven to the brink of death he experienced a transcendental Near-Death Experience (NDE) and spent a week in a deep coma. His doctors expected death, since his brain’s neocortex should have been fatally damaged. The normal glucose levels in a human’s cerebrospinal fluid are between 60 and 80 mg/dl (milligram per one-tenth of a liter), and the meningitis infection is considered severe when the level drops to 20 mg/dl. But the glucose level of Alexander’s cerebrospinal fluid was at 1 mg/dl, making it impossible for his brain to function. He experienced many things during the days he was comatose. He describes these “hyper-real” out-of-body experiences as happening in a different universe. At one point he breaks down during his talk when he looks back to identify someone he saw in his NDE. It was a very moving and emotional discussion by a brilliant man who is obviously at a loss to explain the how and why of it all. But he has spent the last 3 years reconciling his rich spiritual experience with contemporary physics and cosmology. His NDE experience is totally consistent with the leading edges of scientific understanding today. He now understands that consciousness does not originate in the brain. In fact, consciousness does not even need a brain. When we “die” our consciousness does not. He is working on a book to be released this year.

 

Join us to see this excellent presentation and for lively discussion.

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His linked.in listing: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/eben-alexander-iii-md/a/345/202

News articles: http://www2.newsadvance.com/news/2010/apr/16/coma_leads_to_life-changing_experience_for_neurosu-ar-206408/

A great interview: http://www.skeptiko.com/154-neurosurgeon-dr-eben-alexander-near-death-experience/

A Rhine Center story:http://www.ymlp.com/zOVIqx