Newsweek is out! And what is the news on the cover? You can read it in the image on the left: “Heaven Is Real.” What you can’t see in this image is the subtitle, “When a neurosurgeon found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible—a journey to the afterlife.” It is written by a neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander—the man with the after death experience.
This is a cover story about a thoroughly studied phenomenon—near death experiences. But this is new! It’s by a man who didn’t believe in near death experiences before he had one. Wow. This is like a man who doesn’t believe claims that people on LSD don’t in fact talk to God. He says, “They just have hallucinations and think they talk to God.” But then he takes LSD and goes around telling everyone he really did talk to God.
I can’t decide what I find most annoying about this. Take your pick! It all comes down to the same thing: they are wasting space that could have been used for actual news. I suppose I should give them a little credit for the fact that whatever they covered would have been crap. But crap about something is better than crap about crap.