Is there consiousness after death?
Do you believe in life after death? Billion of humans do, and they hold hundreds or thousands or more differing beliefs about what the afterlife might be, what it might mean, and what how it ought to affect our lives and our deaths.
The death process can be easier you have a conviction about the existence of an afterlife, although for some people, it may make living more difficult. What if our actions and even our thoughts matter beyond the moment we unleash them, beyond the time in which they are forgotten to us?
Whether you follow a Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, or one of the countless other vital concepts and belief systems about the afterlife, the notion that there is consciousness after life will likely be a part of our culture for as long as we have a culture to be a part of.
Because it is tied up in religion so intricately, there is something about life after death, or the details of it that borders on taboo. Beyond that, even among those who claim to be faithless and embrace virtues of pure logic and rationalism, the subject is often not met lightly or openly.
The afterlife is the subject in which humanity simultaneously claims no knowledge, as well as absolute knowledge by most parties involved.
The Science of the Afterlife
Physics may shed life on the afterlife owing to the fact of the conservation of energy. Perhaps on a quantum level we will find more one day as well. Philosopher physicists have been asking whether there is consciousness after death for as long as there have been physicists. At the same time, there is a very tangible ridicule that a scientist must face when voyaging out beyond the holdfast of scientific atheism. In most disciplines faith is reserved for the march of scientific progress and for the foundations their structures. The arcane theories, equations, and television and literary personalities.
Having faith except for largely closeted grandfathered traditional beliefs is seen as sacrosanct and incompatible, and may instantly confer the brand of pseudo=scientist. Never mind arguments and understandings that the rubric of the scientist is exploration of the unknown. There are arguments as well that perhaps the scientist ought to be the least convicted and stubborn voice and actor in the afterlife drama.
Faith in an Afterlife
There are countless dramatic and romantic portrayals of the afterlife, zombie apocalypse notwithstanding. Mythology of near death experiences and pseudo-scientific past-life regression, as well as legends of gods among us, all beckon towards a great undiscovered country. We may war and struggle for so long as we have strength over the meaning and content of the afterlife. Perhaps so long as there are multiple deep and absolute convictions about anything there will be room for disagreement, conflict and strife. Perhaps that is why some hold so dearly to a belief in life after death. Perhaps that one of most noble and grand reasons of all.