Posted: Nov 15, 2010 6:49 pm
by darwin2
rJD wrote:
darwin2 wrote:At this point in time we have absolutely no evidence that consciousness ceases at death or if it continues after death.

This is not true. We have evidence only of consciousness existing in living beings and it is a reasonable inference from this that consciousness requires a living material body to exist.

Your stated desire to investigate post-mortem consciousness scientifically would seem doomed by the complete lack of any evidence in favour of your hypothesis and an equal failure to provide any means of testing it.


I agree we only have evidence of consciousness existing in living beings but that does not mean that consciousness does not continue after death. Presently we only have evidence that intelligent life lives on our planet. We have no evidence that intelligent life exists anywhere else in our universe. However we can safely say it is possible that intelligent life may exist somewhere else in the universe.

It is not a reasonable inference to say that consciousness requires a living material body to exist. Rather we can conclude that if consciousness continues after death it will require some form and whatever form it will take is the form it will be.

If consciousness ceases at death, I agree that investigating post mortem consciousness is doomed. However if consciousness continues after death, the evidence will be abundant. And at this point in time the scientific reality is that it is possible for consciousness can survive death. And please note I am not stating consciousness survives death. I am only stating it is possible for consciousness to survive death.