Sunday 15 January 2023

What if We Discover Life-After-Death?

I came across a very interesting article that echoes a lot of my own thoughts these last few years; that is, psychical research is starting to become more and more like UFOlogy. By that I mean it's not just about whether it exists, it's about the political, psychological and cultural implications of it existing. Source: It is interesting that several UFOlogists have branched out into afterlife research, such as Leslie Kean and Bob Bigelow. In my view, the scientific trend at the moment indicates that the afterlife is real; however it cannot be proved beyond all doubt and it is a fairly recent field of study. This is because the most interesting evidence comes from near-death experiences and these were extremely rare until the twentieth century, when medicine invented ways to save a person's life even after their heart had stopped beating. Suppose a scientist were to discover absolute undeniable proof of the afterlife, like Robert Redford's character in the film The Discovery, see: The film takes a pessimistic and dystopian position, one that is addressed more as a question in the article. In the film, the discovery that there is definitely an afterlife leads to a pandemic of suicide. This is what many skeptics have also alerted us to; that belief in an afterlife, in their view, will automatically reduce the value of the physical life we are currently leading. Richard Dawkins even goes as far as to declare that rejection of the afterlife is a "nobility", see: Is it possible that some skeptics are motivated less by factual disbelief in the afterlife, but rather by the dread of what kind of society afterlife proof would lead to? In this sense they are not really skeptics at all, just skeptic impersonators of convenience. I suspect the late James Randi might have been one of those, but it is impossible to know for sure. I personally cannot understand why belief in life-after-death diminishes the value of my current physical life. Regardless of whether it does or not, if it is true it must be accepted. After all we are constantly told that if it is not true we also just have to put up with it, like Andrew Copson did, see: This is an interesting subject that I shall return to.  
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