Intelligence Squared US: Is death final?

Intelligence Squared US: Is death final?

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 9:00pm

Illustration by Thomas James

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? Intelligence Squared US: Is death final? debates that question and more on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.

Speaking for the motion: Dr. Eben Alexander, Neurosurgeon & Author, Proof of Heaven; Dr. Raymond Moody, Psychologist, Medical Doctor & Author, Life After Life. Speaking against the motion: Sean Carroll, Physicist & Writer; Dr. Steven Novella, Academic Neurologist, Yale School of Medicine. John Donvan moderates.