Dr. Alexander is a highly trained neurosurgeon. He had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career. He thought that what many people called the “soul”, is really a just product of brain chemistry. He believed that near-death experiences are simply fantasies produced by our brains during times of extreme stress. In 2008 he had a near-death experience while in a meningitis-induced coma. This experience made him realize that death is simply an illusion, and consciousness is independent of the brain.
“My experience showed me that the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness, that human experience continues beyond the grave. More important, it continues under the gaze of a God who loves and cares about each one of us and about where the Universe itself and all the beings withing it are ultimately going.”
― Eben Alexander, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife