Heaven and hell making headlines after latest near-death experience book

Published: Thursday, Oct. 18 2012 7:39 p.m. MDT

"Near-death experiences have been studied for over 30 years. Almost every year or two a book appears claiming incontrovertible proof of the afterlife based on NDEs. They are usually instant bestsellers. But they never convince anyone except those who want to be convinced because none present anything more than personal anecdotes such as those provided by Dr. Alexander. And, 'anecdote' is not another name for 'data.'"

Alexander wrote that he anticipates such skepticism of his story by the scientific community. But he says his experience has taught him that relying solely on the spiritual or the scientific as the road to truth is too simple.

"The plain fact is that the materialist picture of the body and brain as the producers, rather than the vehicles, of human consciousness is doomed. In its place a new view of mind and body will emerge, and in fact is emerging already. This view is scientific and spiritual in equal measure and will value what the greatest scientists of history themselves always valued above all: truth."

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