Best-selling author and neuroscientist Dr. Eben Alexander, M.D. will speak at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. The suggested donation is $10. The public is invited.

Following a presentation on his book “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,” and an exploration of consciousness giving access to transcendence, there will be a period for questions and answers, as well as a book signing.

Alexander, while on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, helped promote the development of stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative MR imaging and MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery in neurosurgery. In 2008 Alexander endured a severe case of bacterial meningitis. During a seven-day coma, he underwent a near-death experience that is recounted in his book.

The richly detailed memory of that experience persists and has changed his life. His experience took him to another world where he encountered a sister he had never known and an unconditional compassion stronger than death.

As a scientist, Alexander was led to make the connection between the material and the spiritual in his understanding of consciousness and the brain. No longer, he submits, is there the need to choose between spiritual belief and objective science.

Donations toward Alexander’s presentation will benefit The Center for Contemporary Mysticism, a newly forming, local center to foster transcendent consciousness in daily life.

The Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College is also assisting in making Dr. Alexander’s appearance possible. For more information call Saint Paul’s Church, 215-242-2055; or visit the church on the web at:

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