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After the death of his old friend, Albert Einstein said “Now Besso has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us … know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
New evidence continues to suggest that Einstein was right – death is an illusion.
The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as of all serious endeavour in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all there is."
No. And one life is enough for me.
Originally posted by oghamxx
… know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. End of story.
Bottom line: What you see could not be present without your consciousness.
I can accept the possibility of there being matter and even life forms which exist outside our limited sensory organs and thus can not be processed by our brains.
Originally posted by xAlbinoniblAx
Our human bodies are physical vessels(3rd density slow-spinning vibration of atoms)that contain our spiritual bodies(5th density fast-spinning vibration of atoms)
I wouldn't say "I don't know what religion I am", I know that I just AM what I AM because I am just an aspect of everything that already exists, experiencing itself through a different set of lense.
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather.”
― Bill Hicks
Originally posted by Cogito, Ergo Sum
Originally posted by FlySolo
The entire universe follows a recycling program. From plants in the dirt, rain, ocean currents, day and night, stardust composition in our bodies, molecules, atoms, skin cells, planets, galaxies and even our urine. To say we live and then just die would mean "we" are an exception to a universal rule.
This is just semantics, everything physical thing is constantly changing. Yet this doesn't mean that our biological change from living to non living matter allows our individual sense of consciousnesses to continue, either.
Originally posted by Andromedabound
Originally posted by andrewh7
Originally posted by Balkan
That said, your memories, feelings, fears, loves, all of that, is programmed in neuron pathways and synapses in your brain. That part, indeed, dies.
I wouldn't be so sure about that. I am a skeptic, but I've seen some compelling evidence for reincarnation. For myself, I had some strange dreams when I was a young child with adult-like emotional content and experiences I'm not so sure I could have imagined at that age. I also find the phenomena of dreaming/intuitions of loved ones after they have died (within hours/days) to be too common to be coincidence. Again, I've experienced this myself, and it was very intriguing. Do I believe in an afterlife? Souls? Reincarnation? I can't say for certain one way or the other. But I think there is interesting and compelling evidence that something of the consciousness does indeed hang around somehow/someway after the brain has ceased to function.
I have seen some compelling evidence that brain damage affects personality, cognitive reasoning, and memory. Your brain is an organic computer. If I shoot my desktop pc, it will stop working properly. You damage components of your brain, it also won't work properly. If you're claiming your consciousness is independent of your brain, then brain damage shouldn't have any effect whatsoever.
Sorry, but your analogy is dicey at best.
Consciousness is like the electricity in your desk lamp. If you smash the lamp do you kill the electricity? No.
edit on 27-6-2012 by Andromedabound because: (no reason given)
If you damage the brain, consciousness can not manifest properly, it does not mean you damage the consciousness.
Originally posted by unityemissions
reply to post by R0CR13
Science tells us consciousness is energy? Really?
I don't think so. Science tells us that the human brain is electro-magnetic-chemical. We need all three for it to operate.
YOU are of the belief that consciousness is energy. Science hasn't verified this in the least.
Tell you what. Post some scientific studies on this. Back it up.