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A scientist's case for the afterlife...Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then, Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human--shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. Alexander's story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.re it. Reading it will change your life.
A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE. Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human-- shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.
Miles de personas han tenido experiencias cercanas a la muerte, pero los científicos han sostenido de que son imposibles. El doctor Eben Alexander era uno de esos científicos. Un neurocirujano altamente entrenado, Alexander sabía que las experiencias cercanas a la muerte se sienten reales, pero que simplemente son fantasías producidas por el cerebro bajo un estrés extremo. Luego, el cerebro del propio doctor Alexander fue atacado por una extraña enfermedad. La parte del cerebro que controla los pensamientos y las emociones —y en esencia nos hace humanos— se le apagó por completo. Estuvo en coma durante siete días. Entonces, mientras sus médicos consideraban parar su tratamiento, los ojos de Alexander se abrieron. Volvió. La recuperación de Alexander es un milagro médico. Pero el verdadero milagro de su historia yace en otro lugar. Mientras su cuerpo estaba en coma, Alexander viajó más allá de este mundo y se encontró con un ser angelical que lo guió a los terrenos más profundos de la existencia suprafísica. Allá conoció a, y habló con, la fuente Divina del universo. La historia de Alexander no es una fantasía. Antes de comenzar su viaje, no podía reconciliar su conocimiento de la neurociencia con ninguna creencia del cielo, Dios ni el alma. Hoy en día, Alexander es un médico que cree que la verdadera salud se puede adquirir solo cuando nos damos cuenta de que Dios y el alma son reales y la muerte no es el final de la existencia personal, sino solo una transición. Esta historia sería extraordinaria sin importar a quién le haya ocurrido. Que le haya ocurrido al doctor Alexander la hace revolucionaria. Ningún científico ni persona de fe la podrá ignorar. Leerla te cambiará la vida.
El autor de La prueba del cielo, el bestseller #1 del New York Times, recurre a los sabios de tiempos pasados, a los científicos modernos y a historias de gente común para mostrar que el cielo es real.Cuando el Dr. Eben Alexander conto la historia de su experiencia cercana a la muerte y su vivido viaje al otro lado, muchos lectores escribieron para decir que eso resonaba profundamente con ellos. Gracias a estos lectores, el Dr. Alexander comprendió que compartir su historia ha permitido a la gente a redescubrir lo que muchos ya sabían en la antigüedad: que la vida consiste en algo mas que en la vida terrenal. En El mapa del cielo, el Dr. Alexander y su coautor, Ptolemy Tompkins, comparten visiones sobre la vida del mas allá vividas por sus lectores y muestran la manera en que estas se sincronizan frecuentemente con las de los lideres espirituales del mundo, así como con las de filósofos y científicos. Hay un gran acuerdo, a lo largo del tiempo y de las experiencias, sobre la travesía del alma y su supervivencia mas allá de la muerte. En este libro, el Dr. Alexander sostiene que el cielo es un lugar genuino, mostrando como hemos olvidado y como por fin estamos recordando, lo que en realidad somos y cual es nuestro verdadero destino.
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven teams up with the sages of times past, modern scientists, and with ordinary people who have had profound spiritual experiences to show the reality of heaven and our true identities as spiritual beings.When Proof of Heaven was published, some readers contacted Dr. Eben Alexander to argue that his near-death experience was impossible. But many more have written to say his story resonated with them in profound ways. Thanks to them, Dr. Alexander came to realize that sharing his story has allowed people to rediscover what so many in ancient times knew: there is more to life--and to the universe--than this single earthly life. Dr. Alexander met and heard from thousands of individuals whom his story has affected. He, with coauthor Ptolemy Tompkins, also studied what the world's religious traditions, philosophers, and scientists have had to say about the soul's survival of death. He has been deeply surprised at how often those voices from the past sync up with what he hears from people today. In The Map of Heaven, he shares some of the stories that people have told him and links them to what the world's spiritual traditions and its latest scientific insights have to say about the journey of the soul. Part metaphysical and scientific detective story, part manual for living, The Map of Heaven explores humankind's spiritual history and the progression of modern science from its birth in the seventeenth century, showing how we forgot, and are now at last remembering, who we really are and what our destiny truly is.
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