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RationalMadman
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1/3/2013 11:38:41 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
What are you other than your physical body and all that it has done? Is there even a remote chance of 'souls' and 'afterlife'?
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1/4/2013 12:02:44 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/3/2013 11:38:41 PM, RationalMadman wrote:
What are you other than your physical body and all that it has done?
mind/soul
Is there even a remote chance of 'souls' and 'afterlife'?
Yes.
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Chuz-Life
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1/4/2013 12:08:07 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/3/2013 11:38:41 PM, RationalMadman wrote:
What are you other than your physical body and all that it has done? Is there even a remote chance of 'souls' and 'afterlife'?

I'm content with the idea that I am nothing more than my own physical body, memories, experiences and all. But I wouldn't mind finding out (upon death) that there's more 'life' to be lived on the other side of this reality. Especially if it would mean the chance of seeing loved ones who have passed on too.
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1/4/2013 1:34:56 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/3/2013 11:38:41 PM, RationalMadman wrote:
What are you other than your physical body and all that it has done?

The question is, is defining "me" as my physical self a good definition? I'd say no. My physical body is always changing. Constantly. Does that mean I'm a different person every day, every minute, every second? Am I constantly ceasing to be? Does that mean my wife is sleeping with different men? (Okay I don't actually have a wife)

One thing that is never changing is my conscious experience. No matter how much my body changes, I share the same consciousness. Once I'm no longer conscious, I cease to be and that happens at death. If my consciousness was transported to another body, I wouldn't cease to be. I'd still exist. If the after-life is real, I don't cease to exist even though my body does. "Me" is not best defined in a physical way.

Is there even a remote chance of 'souls' and 'afterlife'?

Yes it's possible.
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1/4/2013 1:41:00 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/3/2013 11:38:41 PM, RationalMadman wrote:
What are you other than your physical body and all that it has done?
Indeed. This is the only thing we have empirical & verifiable evidence for.

Is there even a remote chance of 'souls' and 'afterlife'?
Very remote; it's basically pure speculation.
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1/4/2013 1:56:14 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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1/4/2013 9:34:36 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/4/2013 1:41:00 PM, tBoonePickens wrote:
At 1/3/2013 11:38:41 PM, RationalMadman wrote:
Is there even a remote chance of 'souls' and 'afterlife'?
Very remote; it's basically pure speculation.

It's not pure speculation. If there is a possibility that God exists, there is a possibility that souls exist. We have good reason to believe a God exists, so we have good reason to believe that souls exist. But even if not, there would not be a "remote" chance. If it's not "scientifically" verifiable that we have souls, that doesn't negate the chance of our having them. We just couldn't tell. Chances may be very good (especially if a God actually exists) that we do have souls, we just can't properly determine the odds.