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  • Death is the permanent loss of consciousness. Wishful thinking will not change that fact. If you weren’t conscious before your birth, why would you remain conscious after death? The only ‘hope’ I think of is that as long as there’s life, there is a possibility of ‘you’ being self aware again but being a totally different person in a totally different time or place. Of course, that wouldn’t be your ‘soul’ being reincarnated because you (as in right now) would have been dead and lost, but just being self aware as in I’m self aware as me and not you in this place and time instead of being self aware in 1300 BC or 3568 AD. In no way this is scientifically proven and this is impossible to prove because memories do not survive death, but it does seem logical. Being conscious is like playing the lottery ; you get a ticket after death. The odds are astronomically against you (it took 13.4 billions years and lots and lots of creatures have been born before you could be self aware) but since time doesn’t exist when you are no longer conscious you don’t notice it and someday, voilà ‘you are back’. Now, don’t get too excited yet about that possibility. If true, it doesn’t guarantee being self aware again as a human. There are more conscious creatures other than humans in this world and looking at how we treat animals, that is some scary shit. So it might take many deaths before being self aware as a human ‘again’ and even that, the odds are still against you since there are more people living beneath poverty than people having a north american living style. And I don’t even talk about possible alien civilizations that are either still in the middle ages with torture chambers and burnings at the stake or in the star trek age. This is why you should cherish your life and try to stay alive the longest you can.

  • I think it is possible that the most rudementary substance in the universe is conciousness, and that everything made of matter is made up of trillions of consciousnesses only without any cognizance, senses or an ability to think, as that does not occur unless they are apart of a kind of netwroked intelligence, such as the brain. Our brain is a case in which those units of unaware though concious experiences are networked so that we can become aware of our internal and external surroundings. So in response to the OP, as my hypothesis would suggest, no.

  • It may be a temporary loss of consciousness, but not permanent. People who believe it is say “You will experience what you experienced before you were born – nothing”. If that is the case, then your birth was your coming into existence out of nothingness. Why couldn’t the process happen again after you die if it has happened before? Even for a materialist, isn’t all eternity long enough for another universe just like ours to form and for us to exist again?

  • Yes…that is the bad news, but…

    …the good news is…

    …It’s also the permanent loss of their “vocal chords”…(*nods head with ancient Necromancer Wisdom…)

  • No, the consciousness stays with the soul. This is even in cases with people who have a dementia like Alzheimer’s.

    The consciousness is like a spiritual muscle. While we facilitate it’s health with our soul and body in harmony we are exercising it or letting it go flabby.

  • Ive read many of your past posts.

    It seems that you have already experienced extreme loss of consciousness. If death is a permanent loss, then in your case it would just be redundant.

  • technically you never go fully away, you just become apart of the earth, you arent conscious in the body you died in but wherever that bodys energy is transfored to you will be, in DIFFERENT FORM, NON HUMAN, SO technicllly yeah u will be concious just not as a human, more like heat or magot food.youll always exist but in different forms

  • Jesus plainly taught continuation of consciousness after death………

    19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell[a] from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
    24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
    27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

    Luke 16:19-31

    here are five men that concur………..

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4136610474021109864&q=rawlings#

  • You are asking us a question that we absolutely cannot answer beyond a reasonable doubt.

    I personally believe that it is a permanent loss of consciousness, but I can’t guarantee you that it’s the case.

  • i dont know, but i look frwd to dieing so i can find out. at least i will finally get away from fundie, even if i’m wrong, if fundie isnt there hell must be an alright place.

  • since we know consciousness is created in your brain, and that when death occurs your brain shuts down and rots, then it is logical that death is the permanent loss of consciousness.

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