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Why the after life probably isn't true as far as I can tell.

Discussion in 'General Afterlife Discussions' started by Club Tropicana, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Club Tropicana

    Club Tropicana New Member

    As far as we can tell all of our thoughts, choices, feelings etc are all based on the neurophysiological activity in the brain. We have very very good reasons to believe this is the case, infact we know which specific parts of the brain are associated with thought, emotion, movement etc. We have no evidence or reason to believe any of these things are operating independently from the brain at all. I don't know how others are defining consciousness. To me consciousness is just being aware of your senses and thoughts and although we don't know how consciousness works exactly or how it functions (which is why people shoehorn magic into it as an explanation) we can observe a correlation between neuropsychological changes and consciousness/lack of consciousness. If you sleep you lose consciousness because of physical, biological changes in your head that are observable and detectable by science. We have no examples of consciousness operating without a brain.

    Based on what we know about the brain it appears that we are nothing more than a biological robot witnessing our brain create thoughts, choices, emotions and everything else we associate with being alive. We are essentially observing a computer processor working from inside our head. Your decisions to go left instead of right, cheat on a spouse or decide it's morally wrong and avoid it, choose the blue car over the red bike, thinking the thoughts you're thinking now, moving in the way you're moving now, losing interest or not losing interest then either deciding to read on or not etc are all created completely independently of any conscious control by neurological activity in your brain which predate and give rise to the particular decision that you make or thought you had. Your brain is literally everything that makes you you, it is your personality and your thoughts, emotions and senses. No extra special extra part of you that acts independently from the neurological activity in your head has ever been demonstrated to exist.

    Due to the fact our brain is entirely responsible for every millisecond of our experiences and actions I am extremely skeptical of any form of existence after its death. We can observe how somebodies entire personality and cognitive function can be drastically altered and worsened by damage to the brain or through drink or drugs. Is there really a good reason to believe that once the brain dies some magic soul (that remains entirely undetectable by science and that we have no reason to believe exists) somehow floats free from it completely unscaved? If some form of consciousness does exist what would be the differences between being conscious and not being conscious if it has no brain to generate any experiences from or thoughts to think?

    People claim to have near death experiences but none of these stories can actually be verified to confirm that they're true, they fail when we attempt to test them under scientific conditions and we have no reason at all to believe they aren't just the result of a dying brain and as we all have similar enough brains it makes sense that people would have similar experiences of a tunnel or whatever else it may be. Why doesn't everybody who "dies" have these experiences? Why do many other people claim that it's a complete and total lack of any awareness like they have been put under for an operation?

    I believe the reason so many of us are so receptive to the idea of religions or ghosts, recantation or afterlifes etc is because people want a pill that grants them immortality. The bottom line though however is that if we're being intellectually honest we really have no evidence for any form of consciousness existing independently of a brain.

    I'm not making the assertion that an after life does not exist, I just don't believe we are justified in believing that it does.

    Perhaps you have some other idea of the afterlife that I haven't represented here and if that is the case I would be interested in hearing it and trying to address it (if anyone made it to the end.)

    Cheers
     
  2. youhadtobethere

    youhadtobethere New Member

    What's your take on biocentrism?
     
  3. Maria

    Maria Member

    It is a bit ironic to find a sceptical post questioning the continuation of life after death on a forum dedicated to the afterlife. For every argument that science may put forward to say there is no proof that the soul exists, there will always be the logical counter defence of how can it be proved that it does not. Perhaps some NDEs are nothing more than hallucinations, but what about cases where patients saw activities carried out by doctors and nurses that were observed while being out of the body and looking down when hovering above. In my opinion perhaps the greatest proof is where witnesses assert to have seen a vapourish mist or in some cases a beautiful light, rise up from the body of a dying person – could this not be the soul? Furthermore there have been many accounts of death bed visions where relatives of the dying have seen spirits appear in the room, or where the patient remarks that they see people appearing who they think are alive, but in fact have died, but this was kept a secret due to their illness. I really think death bed visions prove even more than NDEs that there is an afterlife, and that consciousness or the soul, exists independent of the mind and brain. Finally, there is that often mentioned fact that energy can neither be created or destroyed. I would like to have your response to this, Club Tropicana.
     
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  4. mac

    mac regular contributor Staff Member

    As Maria says it's pretty pointless your posting on a website devoted to afterlife matters when you see so many issues in the way you do. Similar points have been discussed individually in other conversations and raising all of 'em in one posting is too many.

    It appears you aren't persuaded there is anything to follow this life so why would anyone want to dissuade you? You're happy with your ideas, we're happy with what we know and are prepared to observe and discuss anything new.

    You might do better on Skeptico or Psience Quest.
     
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  5. mac

    mac regular contributor Staff Member

    What's yours?
     

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