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Old September 2 2013, 11:03 PM   #15
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Re: What Happens After Death

In my view, consciousness is a process and must ultimately end. That's not necessarily an appealing scenario on a visceral level - most of us have fairly healthy survival instincts, not to mention loved ones the loss of whom we would mourn / have mourned. But most if not all of the evidence, biological and otherwise, points to mortality of the soul. And even if you afford "soul" the meaning of a consciousness that can persist while disembodied, there's still the same issue as that stated by the Narrator in Fight Club - on a long enough timeline, everyone's survival rate drops to zero. If there is a finite chance of your consciousness ending (by entropy, happenstance, a mercurial God changing its mind or some other factor) then given enough time it is certain to happen.
"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can." - Terry Pratchett.
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