Science would rather have us believe that consciousness is merely one of the functions of the physical brain and therefore should logically cease to exist when the brain stops functioning.
However, I feel it rather demeaning of myself to believe that my self is just the gray matter within my physical body. I feel that my existence can not be limited to or confined within my physical body that I own, control and direct to work towards the fulfillment of my aims and desires. I am this owner of the body as well as the aims and desires and hence I must have an existence beyond the physical self. In other words, I would rather prefer to believe that consciousness is beyond and above the physical existence, a spiritual entity that gives life to matter and energy.