Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

Proof of Heaven: An Evening with Dr. Eben Alexander

Sections: News Published

Proof of Heaven: An Evening with Dr. Eben Alexander

By Barbara Dills

  • 2020_eyecare thumbnail

Sopris Sun Correspondent

happens when a renowned scientist has an experience of the afterlife
that changes the way he looks at … everything? Find out this Friday,
Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Roaring Fork High School auditorium when
bestselling author Dr. Eben Alexander pays a special visit to

  • FSM_SoprisSun_Saul thumbnail

won’t be a typical woo-woo talk. Eben Alexander, M.D. spent 54 years
honing his scientific worldview. A respected academic neurosurgeon, he
had practiced and taught at some of the most prestigious hospitals and
medical schools in the country and authored or co-authored over 150
chapters and papers in peer reviewed journals. He was confident that he
had a very good grasp on brain function, convinced as most scientists
are that the human brain is the center and generator of human

changed when, in November of 2008, Dr. Alexander fell into a weeklong
meningitis-induced coma. For seven days, his neocortex, the part of the
brain that controls all thought and emotion, was completely shut down.
Not just malfunctioning, but simply and totally off, as documented by CT
scans and neurological examinations. Then — just at the point when his
own doctors were about to withdraw all treatment — he popped awake,
bringing with him memories of a strange odyssey deep into another realm,
a realm that science and medicine could not explain.

  • Basalt Library thumbnail

Alexander re-

his transcendental near-death experience (NDE) in detail over the
following six weeks, without first reading anything about other people’s
NDEs, or about physics or cosmology. His extraordinary published
account, “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife,”
has been on the top of the NY Times bestseller list for the past 40
weeks and featured in the NY Times and Newsweek. He’s been interviewed
by top TV hosts including Oprah, Dr. Oz, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer.
And now, thanks to sponsors Davi Nikent and Conscious Global Leadership
(and local residents Rita Marsh, Luann Robinson Hull, and Tara Sheahan),
he’s coming to Carbondale.

  • RJ_Paddywacks thumbnail

Alexander will also appear Saturday in Aspen in conjunction with the
Aspen Brain Forum and Aspen Institute’s Aspen Brain Lab (info at

General admission tickets for the Friday evening event in Carbondale are $25 if purchased in advance online at www.davi-

  • RFV_Coop thumbnail
or $35 at the door. Reserved seating tickets, available online in
advance only, are $75 and include a special reception with Dr. Alexander
at 5:30 p.m. His talk begins at 7 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School,
2270 Highway 133 in Carbondale.

more information about this event, write More
information about Dr. Alexander and Eternea, the organization he founded
to promote further research on the unifying elements of science and
spirituality, is available at and

  • Wheres My Peeps At? thumbnail

No scientific explanation

Alexander’s book “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the
Afterlife,” as excerpted in the Oct. 8, 2012 issue of Newsweek: “There
is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in a
coma, my mind — my conscious inner self — was alive and well. While the
neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the bacteria
that had attacked them, my brain-free consciousness journeyed to
another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed
existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy
to explain was a simple impossibility.

  • AVH Ortho Lecture Series thumbnail

that dimension — in rough outline, the same one described by countless
subjects of near-death experiences and other mystical states — is there.
It exists, and what I saw and learned there has placed me quite
literally in a new world: a world where we are much more than our brains
and bodies, and where death is not the end of consciousness but rather a
chapter in a vast, and incalculably positive, journey.”

  •  thumbnail