Is there an afterlife?

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Is there an afterlife?

Questions come up from time to time, asking if there is an afterlife. 

“I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.” 

“The clear awareness of having been born into a losing struggle need not lead one into despair. I do not especially like the idea that one day I shall be tapped on the shoulder and informed, not that the party is over but that it is most assuredly going on—only henceforth in my absence. (It's the second of those thoughts: the edition of the newspaper that will come out on the day after I have gone, that is the more distressing.) Much more horrible, though, would be the announcement that the party was continuing forever, and that I was forbidden to leave. Whether it was a hellishly bad party or a party that was perfectly heavenly in every respect, the moment that it became eternal and compulsory would be the precise moment that it began to pall.” 
― Christopher Hitchens
Hitch-22: A Memoir
Upon conception, a development of electro-magnetic energy begins to develop and continues until the last breath exhales. As the brain, blood, organs and flesh deteriorate, they return to the elements of the universe without any journeys to heaven or hell nor is there any recycling through reincarnation. When the current stops, consciousness stops, and the universe continues its usual and natural cycles. 
~ Joan Denoo 

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Cremation versus burial

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 Most atheists I've spoken with on this subject say, "I don't care what they do with my body after I'm done with it," or words to that effect.  I can understand that position but there's another,…Continue

Stephen Hawkings, I believe the simplest explanation is ...

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My Take on "The Afterlife"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Jimmy McCann Feb 20. 1 Reply

I posted the following elsewhere on A|N at least once if not twice, if I recall correctly.  Still, considering the topic of this group, I figured one more time wouldn't hurt anything, and I hope you…Continue

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Comment by Gerald Payne on March 30, 2015 at 6:32pm

Joan it's nonsense.

Comment by Lemual Poot on March 30, 2015 at 1:50pm

Life after death?  

I'm not sure there's life after birth!

Comment by Gerald Payne on March 21, 2015 at 8:10pm

'Thou shalt not do this' and 'thou shalt not do that'. A lifetimes long enough for anyone.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 9, 2015 at 10:08am

R'AMEN!!!

Comment by Pat on March 9, 2015 at 10:04am

There's only one afterlife that I am aware exists. It's AFTER the kids move out of the house.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2015 at 9:59am

If millions of people that had died showed-up, and those that knew them well, confirmed that they were the same person, would that prove it?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 9, 2015 at 9:19am

Poser for those here assembled: if there were an afterlife, How Could You Truly Prove It Without Dying?!?

Comment by Steph S. on March 9, 2015 at 9:09am

Thanks for the wonderful new group Joan. I think when we die - there is nothing. It is like your existence before you were born. Before you were born you didn't exist - so after you die you no longer exist.

Comment by Lemual Poot on February 18, 2015 at 8:04pm

Joan, you're so right.  It's easy to see how people, afraid of death, might dream up a magical place to go in order to avoid it.  How do they go from that story to, "You have to surrender enjoyment in this life for a chance on some in the next?"  

More than a few minutes in their presence and I want to scream; sometimes do!  Meanwhile they're all, "Spend eternity with me and people just like me."  AHH!  Talk about hell!.

Comment by Lemual Poot on February 18, 2015 at 3:14am

Whenever a theist tries to blind side me with that tired, old cliche', "what happens to your thoughts after you die?" I always say, "If you smash a radio transmitter, what happens to its signals?" The answer is simple. Radio, and other transmitted signals go on forever. AM signals follow the earth and will probably keep going around, spreading out until they’re a mish-mosh of undecipherable signals.
FM, and the higher frequencies, normally go line-of-sight, or in a more-or-less straight line, outward and upward. It's been hypothesized that such signals may go on forever, circling through the universe, with the natural curve of things, until they’re back here someday. If your brain waves do that, so what?
As I’ve previously stated, it may be possible for brain waves to transmit externally, but one thing’s for sure; just like that smashed transmitter, our dead brains aren’t coming up with anything new!

 

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