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Consciousness beyond brain function, with neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander

Seeing | Neuroscience | 2022-12-25

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On this Christmas day, when many of us think of departed loved ones, we have a holiday special for you: A frank conversation with neurosurgeon and near-death experiencer Dr. Eben Alexander, on the survival of consciousness beyond brain function. Buckle up, for this is an amazing journey (quite literally) where scientific reasoning and direct experience must somehow hold hands, despite seeming contradictions. Remember that, because of how YouTube works, to watch the video embedded below you must choose our ‘platinum’ privacy option (click on the fingerprint on the lower left to choose). Otherwise, you can always watch the video directly on YouTube.

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