Sorry to be misleading but i pondered on the thought, what if science did prove that there was another life after death. What would be the consequences for all of us? How would we react to such an enormous revelation and in reality should we know for certain?
Its not that easy when you think about it. Your whole attitude about life could change, even the most devout are never really sure of the outcome of death. Would we be more religious, not knowing what lied beyond death? would we be less careful in our attention to our safety? Would our ethics improve for fear of punishment. If you think about it do we want to know?
If this is true, do people like me who feel its possible really believe or are we just having those wishful thoughts
If this is true, do people like me who feel its possible really believe or are we just having those wishful thoughts?
Just one thing ,the memories of childhood that you have forgotten, did they, do they exist?
Sure, you just may be right but your arguments are earth bound and with little thought of the possible.
Even if I can't remember my memories at the moment, it's possible they're still stored in my memory. Through certain practices I could go about remembering things I didn't even know I had stored! However, If I was struck in the head with a baseball bat and developed amnesia, it's likely I may never recover all of my memory. Similarly, if I developed alzheimer's, or just... got old. Gone, another lost memory, never to be found. It can never be found because, no, it doesn't exist anymore.
Actually, I'm trying to only consider the possible. An after life makes absolutely no sense from where I sit. I'm not trying to be negative, believe me. I love my consciousness, and I'm certainly not a nihilist. But there's nothing that points to this consciousness "living on" after my physical death.
Oh, and I never stated this was a "defined truth". I've just tried to logically consider this idea many times in the past and have concluded that it's a faery tale.
If your objections on the after life are just on the grounds of gathered memory being lost , ill ask again was you ever a young child? Memories don't maketh the man.
The point of believing in the possibility of another dimension, do they have to be described to give them credibility? This debate was really about how we would react to such a notion, if proven.
I asked did your early childhood exist, you appear not to want to answer.
If a scientist tried to give you a theory on parallel universes would you want a description of those universes? to consider their possibility.
You invent an after life that would suit your views, anything you want,you decide. BUT then tell me of the consequences of your invention.
I thought I did answer? Did my childhood exist? Yes. Do I have memories of my childhood? Yes. What's your point?
I wouldn't care for a description of the parallel universes but instead a thorough explanation of how there could be parallel universes. Likewise, I'd like an explanation of how there could be an afterlife - any afterlife. This is a philosophy forum, not a movie theater. In movie theaters I allow myself to accept science fiction in an effort to be entertained. Here, I want some kind of logical explanation. Though, I am often entertained.
This isn't philosophy. This sounds like a creative writing exercise and should most definitely not be in the philosophy for science subforum. You've already misled everyone by making the title "science proves an after life", now you're asking me to conjure some idea of an afterlife for fun? This should go in general discussion, if anything.
No one has knowledge of their early childhood, no one, so did any of our childhoods exist, memory does not maketh the man. Amnesia ? does that prove the character of a person changes just because he has no memory of his past? i dont think so
I'm not trying to prove the existence of an after life, I'm proposing a question for you to examine, is that too hard for you? If you don't want to answer a hypothetical question don't answer it, no ones making you.
How have I mislead you? was it that easy?
I agree with Zeth, my first post was going to be about how this topic is being rehashed from the earlier one but I changed it at the last minute. Instead of "Can science prove the existence of life after death." it became "science proves an after life." But in reality you haven't really done anything different from the first thread. You only make the question change a little by asking what would you do if it were true? It is nothing more than a hypothetical question so all you can really get are hypothetical answers.
I would stand before the pink elephant and proclaim that I have never eaten peanut butter. He would of course tell me I am lying. My reply would be then to say that I had never willingly eaten peanut butter in hopes to offend the great pink elephant. Then he would strike me again and dismiss my comment as again nonfactual. Noticing my failure to appeal to his pinkness I will make the statement to never eat peanut butter again. That too fails because he informs me that I will never have an opportunity to uphold that vow. Then I say to his greatness that I just fulfilled the vow! Catching him in a contradiction he is forced to place me back into the world of the living so that my vow can once again be tested and not undo the universe with a simple contradiction. What happens in that next life time? I eat peanut butter...
I have a theory as to why early childhood memories are so infrequent. It has to do with an emotional connection to the experience. It seems to me that the more emotional an experience is, the more likely it is to be remembered. If there is very little or no emotional connection to an experience then it isn't remembered.
We don't remember every minute of every day and there seems to be some way in which memories form, and I think that is related to one's emotional state at the time.
So perhaps during early childhood your emotional connection to your experiences is far less and so memory formation is also reduced.