Actually, all of these questions can be answered fairly easily.
Originally posted by gimme_some_truth
One question that was brought up involves reincarnation. Assuming reincarnation exists, are we required to reincarnate? Are we allowed to stay in the
after life? Is it up to us? Or is it up to some one else?
Reincarnation was brought up like so...
Belief in reincarnation has ancient roots. This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as
Hinduism (including Yoga, Vaishnavism, and Shaivism), Jainism, and Sikhism. The idea was also entertained by some ancient Greek philosophers. Many
modern Pagans also believe in reincarnation as do some New Age movements, along with followers of Spiritism, practitioners of certain African
traditions, and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah, Sufism and Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity. The Buddhist concept of Rebirth
although often referred to as reincarnation differs significantly from the Hindu-based traditions and New Age movements in that there is no unchanging
"soul" (or eternal self) to reincarnate.
There for, all of the beliefs on reincarnation were birthed by religion. now, we can attempt to answer your question, but! we would be answering it in
a non-scientific way (which is what you want i assume). We would be answering it through the beliefs of those specific religions, All of which are
speculations (impossible to prove).
The only way someone could accept the answers would be if that person truly believed in that religion (in a sense brain washed to believe anything
that religion says).
So in actuality, we cant answer that question in the way that you would want as it is impossible to prove scientifically (at this point in time).
Also if you look at the population through out time it has increased quite a bit. Does that mean that more souls are being created? Does it mean that
the same souls are being some how cut in half and shared? Does it mean there is no such thing as souls? What does it mean?
Once again this is impossible to prove factually in the way you are asking (through religious beliefs).
However, I can prove why there is an increase in population over time through science. Lets take a group of people on an island, they live there for
200 years. Humans have the possibility of producing more than one child at a time (twins for instance). we do not die directly after reproduction,
thus an increased amount of population. our relatively long lives allow us to reproduce more than once during our life time.
Take for example a single cell or bacteria. they (by religious standards) do not have "souls". yet they are still capable of reproducing on an
extremely high rate. why is that? not because the transfer of a soul (which doesn't exist in them according to religion), but because its not a
formula that makes one A-sexual cell reproduce, 1 cell form, and the single cell that reproduced dies.
What about death in general. Is death an inevitability? Do we only die because we accept it as an inevitability? If one truly believes that you cannot
die, what happens? Do you die? Do you not?
ok then, lets take all life on earth, it all has an end. lets take a single celled organism. it eventually will die. is it because that single cell
organism accepts that its life is limited? no! because it doesn't process death as information. it lives, it dies, it doesn't have to accept
anything or deny anything because death is in fact inevitable.
Take another example. a sun! It is thought that about 4.59 billion years ago, the rapid collapse of a hydrogen molecular cloud led to the formation of
a third generation T Tauri Population I star, the Sun. AKA the birth or "life" of the sun. Following the red giant phase of a suns life, intense
thermal pulsations will cause the Sun to throw off its outer layers, forming a planetary nebula. The only object that will remain after the outer
layers are ejected is the extremely hot stellar core, which will slowly cool and fade as a white dwarf over many billions of years. thus the death of
the sun. according to the logic's of "if we don't believe it it cant happen" This would only apply to humans even though nothing else seems to
show that they accept their inevitably.
What of existence? If at any point in our lives, one truly believes that they don’t exist, do they cease to exist? or did they never exist in the
first place? If you do exist, can you even cease to exist?
This is in fact possible. but only in the mind of the person who believes he or she does not exist. In reality, everyone can see that person, everyone
can touch, smell, taste that person (if necessary).
This question is exactly like the sound in a forest one. If a tree falls down in the forest and no one hears it, does it still make a sound? Yes of
course the sound is still present. Sound doesn't cease to exist simply because no one heard it. Just like how there are pitches in sound that are so
high or low that a human ear cannot pick it up. It still exists, we can still record it, we just cant personally hear it. Another example would be
with a defend person. Just because they cant here doesn't mean that there is no sound to everyone. It is only in their body that they cannot hear
hope that has answered all of your questions. feel free to ask more.