There was quite an important news story buried beneath all the post-match analysis from the party conferences last week. Apparently, there really is life after death.
Perhaps the reason this “news” didn’t receive more coverage is because it’s not based on any startling new evidence. Rather, the claim has been made by a man called Eben Alexander who had one of those near-death experiences that cannot be explained by science.
What’s startling about this particular experience is that Dr Eben Alexander III, to give him his full name, is a neurosurgeon. Not a scientist, exactly, but a man of science nevertheless. He describes himself as a Christian, but “more in name than actual belief”, and used to be sceptical about the out-of-body experiences related by those who’d returned from the undiscovered country. “I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death,” he says. (To read more, click here.)