Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Death Is Not Final

If consciousness is just the workings of neurons and synapses, how do we explain the phenomenon of near-death experience? By some accounts, about 3% of the U.S. population has had one: an out-of-body experience often characterized by remarkable visions and feelings of peace and joy, all while the physical body is close to death. To skeptics, there are more plausible, natural explanations, like oxygen deprivation. Is the prospect of an existence after death “real” and provable by science, or a construct of wishful thinking about our own mortality?

Arguing for the motion are: Dr. Eben Alexander, Neurosurgeon & Author of 'Proof of Heaven' and Dr. Raymond Moody, Medical Doctor & Author of 'Life After Life.'

Arguing against the motion are: Sean Carroll Physicist & Writer and Dr. Steven Novella, Academic Neurologist at the Yale School of Medicine.