The ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science

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A book called Proof of Heaven is bound to provoke eye rolls, but its author, Eben Alexander, had space in Newsweek story and on shows like of Fox & Friends to detail his claims. Read into those endorsements — and nearly 15 million copies sold — whatever you will, but in a big new Esquire feature, Luke Dittrich pokes large holes in Alexander's story, bringing into question the author's qualification as a neurosurgeon (which is supposed to legitimize his claim) and the accuracy of his best-selling journey. 


In his book, Alexander claims that when he was in a coma caused by E. coli bacterial meningitis, he went to heaven. Of course, Dittrich's piece is not the first time that Alexander's text has come into question. In April, Michael Shermer at Scientific American explained how the author's "evidence is proof of hallucination, not heaven." But Dittrich calls into question not what Alexander experienced so much how he did. While Dittrich looks at legal troubles Alexander had during his time practicing neurosurgery, perhaps the most damning piece of testimony comes from a doctor who was on duty in the ER when Alexander arrived in 2008. Dr. Laura Potter explains that she "had to make the decision to just place him in a chemically induced coma." But that's not how Alexander tells it, according to the Esquire investigation.

Written By: Esther Zuckerman
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    • In reply to #1 by A3Kr0n:

      Isn’t it odd that believers use science to legitimize their claims, yet deny science when it contradicts their claims?

      Extremely odd! It almost seems dishonest, doesn’t it?

      • In reply to #11 by MarcusA1971:

        In reply to #1 by A3Kr0n:

        Isn’t it odd that believers use science to legitimize their claims, yet deny science when it contradicts their claims?

        Extremely odd! It almost seems dishonest, doesn’t it?

        I don’t think I would use the word ‘almost’. Plus, that bow tie, along with the ‘Chuckie’ expression- Down right freakish.

    • In reply to #1 by A3Kr0n:

      Isn’t it odd that believers use science to legitimize their claims, yet deny science when it contradicts their claims?

      They know what conclusion they want to come to in advance. After that, the ends supposedly justify the means. The weirder part is that they probably think they’re being totally consistent even as they’re switching from “heads I win” to “tails you lose”.

  1. I made this comment when the story appeared last year…“…..of course Alexander is a doctor of some repute…with a new book to promote…snake oil anyone?”….Now show me the money…15 million sales, nice one Doc, Ron L. would be proud of ya!

  2. “Alexander also writes that during his week in the ICU he was present “in body alone,” that the bacterial assault had left him with an “all-but-destroyed brain.””

    Sadly, despite the best efforts of medical science, no further improvement was possible….

  3. We went over his strange unevidenced claims before!

    ” I know all about my condition – I observed it while I was unconscious”. – There’s evidence for you!!!!

    Here are links to earlier discussions:

    richarddawkins.net/news – Dr. Eben Alexander’s Tells of Near Death in ‘Proof of Heaven’

    http://www.richarddawkins.net/news-articles/2012/10/10/is-the-afterlife-full-of-fluffy-clouds-and-angels#.ULeIl2dmrjo (see Alan4 comment 34)

  4. So no Pearly Gates for me? Only the Lake of Fire?

    And there I was hoping to meet the Great Prophet Zarquon in heaven ! ( The table at Milliways , restaurant at the end of the universe, was far too expensive for me to book a table).

  5. About 15 years ago I had surgery to remove a harmless fibroid from my breast. I was under total anesthesia and had been given some painkillers as well so I didn’t wake up in pain. When I did wake up in the recovery room I called a nurse to my bedside.

    Nurse: hello, how are you feeling?

    Me: ok. Say, is this room full of ducks?

    Nurse: ducks? No. You’re hallucinating. It happens to some patients with the narcotic painkillers. It’ll wear off and we will give you something different. Ducks huh?

    Me: yep. Room full of ducks.

    Nurse: have to admit, never had ducks before.

    The moral of this story: sometimes your brain does weird shit in reaction to drugs. Doesn’t mean your room is full of ducks.

  6. My Mom was terrorized by a giant spider periodically for a couple of months until she finally went to the doctor, scared to death. She took her suitcase of medication with her when she went. The doctor was flabbergasted at all the different crap she was on. Some from this specialist and some from that specialist. He immediately corrected her drug intake and killed the spider. This man may have actually hallucinated, but I think he just wanted to sell 15 million copies of his ‘trip’.

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