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Posted by Kyle on December 9, 2003 22:34:48 UTC

***The big question is whether my consciousness will survive my death.***

Hi Rowanda,

You could reduce this question to: "Does consciousness arise purely from the physical brain state?"

If "yes" is the answer to the latter question, then "no" is the answer to the former. If this is the case, then we might view religion (in part) as a possible man-made attempt to deny the terror, bleakness and finality inherent to the notion of an individual's absolute mortality.

You might notice that I didn't answer your question, I simply rephrased it. Neither of the two possible answers are falsifiable -- which leaves room for two opposing metaphysical postulates to choose from.

There is a third choice, which is to not make a choice.

Agnosticism recognizes that to commit oneself fully to either unprovable postulate is to risk the possiblity that one's entire ontological position may not be the one that corroborates with reality.

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