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This is a contest for atheists and a potential reunion (or not.) Now, there are a few atheists who do not discount an afterlife, but I think it is
fair to say that most atheists who adhere to a rationalist point of view believe that everything can be explained in physical terms, including
consciousness. Steven Pinker
and Richard Dawkins
unabashedly in this camp, along with many others.
To these folks, when you're dead there is nothingness. It's deeper than a deep sleep. You're done. Cognition ceases. There is no "there" there.
It's all over and, really, who cares? And certainly there is no heaven nor hell, no god, no angels, none of this silly after life stuff. It's absurd
and no thinking person can possibly believe it.
But what if you 'wake up dead'? Really. Suddenly you see your own body lying there dead and you're standing right there wondering why no one can
hear you. You 'head toward the light,' see people who you know are already dead, and experience all those NDE things we've all read about for
years. It's not a dream. You are really dead, yet here you are. Cognition has not ceased. Further, you're not going back. No one can claim you
weren't really dead when you were under the weather, the victim of some death hormone that gave you visions. Your earthly body is headed toward the
funeral hime and it won't be long before it's a box of ashes sitting on the mantle awaiting disposal once your relatives get around to it.
Now, the contest is this: All you have to do is sign up for the reunion to take place after you are dead. Since you think this is impossible, you are
most likely to "win," though you won't know it because you really will be dead, as in dead dead: No cognition. If you "lose" and wind up at the
reunion, well, your consolation prize is that you are still "alive" in some sense. Cognition continues. Surely that is worth a little bit of
Then we can all stand around and wonder how it was that we screwed up so badly and what this really means. That part should be REALLY fun,
particularly if anyone from our mythology shows up with a grin on their face!
Sign up by saying so. That's all you need, really. I think that is enough to set things in motion. It will be a few years, hopefully, and since
"time" is likely an artificial construct, we can all meet together, no matter when we, umm, "depart." the details will be taken care of. Don't
worry about time and place.
So c'mon. Sign up! If you win, nobody knows. If you lose, all you have to do is explain yourself. Such a deal! What do you have to lose?
See you there--or not.