Eben Alexander, MD, is a former professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and author of Proof of Heaven, The Map of Heaven, and (with Karen Newell) Living in a Mindful Universe.
Here maintains that the materialist paradigm, in which he was educated as a neurosurgeon, has made no progress whatsoever in clarifying the nature of consciousness. He claims that it is impossible for materialism or physicalism to ever explain consciousness. He notes that many eminent philosophers have suggested that consciousness, not matter, is primary. He points to many lines of research that defy materialist explanations -- remote viewing, near-death experience, acquired savant syndrome, and terminal lucidity.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in "parapsychology" ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).
(Recorded on September 6, 2018)
For a complete, updated list with links to all of our videos -- as well as many other opportunities to engage with and support the New Thinking Allowed video channel -- please visit the New Thinking Allowed Foundation (www.newthinkingallowed.org).