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GUEST,Hard 8 :: :: BS: What happens when you die? (101* d) RE: BS: What happens when you die? 11 Jul 02

That's a funny question. LOL.

Science can't tell us. There is insufficient data to deduce whether there is continued existence after death or not, and if there is, what is it like. You just can't say "yes" or "no" based on science.

"Feelings" can't tell us. The mind is a tricky number, with complex chemicals sloshing around amid totally bizarre patterns of electrical discharges. Subject to massive influence by the culture in which one is raised, one might think a supreme being has four arms, or a big beard, or a coyote head, or no clothes on, or there is none, etc, etc ad infinitum. And the cultural influences are overlaid on millions of years of an evolutionary mish-mash of anatomy and brain development.

Logic can help you evaluate the issue, and I admire the posters above who tried to put some logic to it, whether for or against life after death. Logic tells me several things:

Listen to the people you most admire when evaluating questions of this type.

Consider the fact that most primitive cultures, from early in the neolithic, seemed to become aware that there may be a life after death (based on treatment of burial of human remains). Does this indicate that (a) once the brain reached a certain stage in development survival of the species was enhanced by intellectual processes that led the human mind to create deities and an imagined life after death, or (b) that evolution to humanity allowed us to be aware of the creator and an afterlife?

Conversely, did intentional atheism develop in our culture because we wised up or because we became too surrounded by concrete and plastic and teevee (LOL), and because we have become sheltered from the influences that inspired the need for faith in an afterlife?

Five elements of the culture in which I was raised speak loudest to me personally:

1. The modern proverb that says "There are no athiests in foxholes."

2. The bible quotation where Peter says to Jesus, "Lord, to whom else would we turn?"

3. Another quote from the bible, where Jesus says "What did you go out into the desert to see, a reed swayed by the wind?"

4. A spiritual feeling I have had at several times when truly in the wilderness, both desert and mountain, a rare event which most people in our culture have never experienced. (There we go, "feelings" again. LOL!)

5. The fact that the people I admire most and are the most holy have at least an inkling that there is an afterlife.

What do the experiences of your life tell you? You've got to decide for yourself (realizing of course that not to decide is to decide). And no, I don't think it is a coincidence that both bible quotations noted above are questions.


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