Further to my earlier post on Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience (Dr. Eben Alexander’s Tells of Near Death in ‘Proof of Heaven), a longer article on the science involved, reminding us of the complexity of the brain and our shut-down mechanisms. Quote:
Sitting atop clouds fluffy and white, Heaven may be waiting. We can’t prove that it is not. But rather than helping to clarify, the near death experience, not dependent on death, only points to an ever interesting and complex human brain, nothing more.
We wish that paradise is waiting for us after we die. It is hard to accept the shade creeping into our time in the sun. We see a vision of what must be the place, so we grasp it and believe it. I think David Byrne of the Talking Heads captured this hopefulness about Heaven, this want of respite, best when he sang, “Home is where I want to be, but I guess I’m already there. I come home; she lifted up her wings. I guess that this must be the place.”