What do You Think Happens After Death?


I am wondering what the prevailing opinions are on this topic. In my opinion the possible options are:

1) An afterlife of some sort.
2) Nothingness
3) Karmic reincarnation.
4) Other?

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Personally, I hope there’s an afterlife of some sort. But nothing has been proven. The First Law of thermodynamics: “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”—Einstein, would only “prove” that even mosquitoes would have an afterlife? Or maybe that energy is just different, human energy more evolved, recycled/transformed?

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There are so many areas to explore, in physics, medicine, biology, chemistry, philosophy. I am currently studying quantum physics, space-time, and these theories make my brain wonder even more about life and death: 1) The Parallel Universes Theory and 2) The String Theory

So, scientifically I don’t have any answers, But I hope there is something amazingly better “out there” that our brains cannot comprehend yet, something that science still needs to explore and discover. Some sort of evolved energy we are transformed to after we die, maybe?

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Our earth is beautiful indeed. The human body and all living organisms are amazing. But the behavior of humanity can be so disappointing and harmful to many that it would be pointless if this life were the only one we have to.

And if it is, then we should all make the best out of it: treat each other with respect, dignity, kindness and loyalty, I would like to evolve, to continue to live, to extend my and others’ life,

To me, every moment of my life is sacred, I live deeply every emotion and thought, pain and joy, I don’t waste my time believing in unicorns, in fairy tails. I hope, because I don’t fear. But I live, and I do it intensely,

Do you know that when we die helium is released after a very interesting and complex chemical decomposition reactions of the human body and it -helium- goes up to the atmosphere and then to the universe? That is a fact.

That being said, I trust science, but I love philosophy and I love my life too, so I will be a life extension for as long as I live and then, I hope, I can only hope… there is an afterlife of some sort.

But there might not be an afterlife after all. Who knows, nobody does.

Lastly, I want to point something out about Dr, Stephen Hawking, whom I have great admiration for his research in science. However, I respectfully disagree when he referred to computers no having an afterlife. I laughed when I read this, I thought that he was joking (he was a funny guy) so I did some research and nope, he wasn’t being funny at all, he was death serious.

How can anyone compare the human brain with a computer in terms of living or dying? But I will give him the benefit of the doubt since he was a very smart guy… I must be misunderstanding his quote?

When it comes to medicine and biology, I have noticed that most physicists make statements I disagree with, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson included. Anyways, here is the quote:

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Dr. Martha Castro, MD

23 Comments

  1. Leonard says:

    Nice work, very interesting. At the end of the day, we have blind faith.

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    1. Thank you, Leonard. “At the end of the day, we have blind faith.”…that is so true.

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  2. Sheree says:

    I’m not in any rush to find out!

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  3. I understand where Dr. Hawking was coming from. However “because the brain is a computer, out of cells and chemistry and electricity and there is nothing else.” —- Not really. the brain is much more than that. There are neurotransmitters, millions of brain cells with complicated functions not only within the brain structure but related to the rest of the body, including all the organs, systems, including metabolic,, central and peripheral neural system. Also, lets take in consideration how the brain is created: we have to explore the embryology of neural system development, which is very different from that of a computer, Our brains make the computers.
    Interesting topic, indeed. Thank you for picking my brain.
    In regards to helium, well, no, the human body does not store it. He2+ is formed from the decay of alpha particles in nature, rocks, soil, nuclear fusion process of the sun. There is a law given by de Broglie which explains the wave nature of the particles. This law is given by
    λ=h/mv, where h is Planck’s constant, m is the mass of the particle, v is the speed of the particle.λ
    is the wavelength associated to the particle moving with speed v (which explains the wave nature)
    If this wavelength is smaller than the gap between the cells of the body, alpha particles can cross through it very easily but if it’s larger than the gap then they’ll bounce off the body.

    Moral of the story: Alpha particles moving with high speed can enter the human body because the wavelength associated with the particles is smaller than the gap between the cells.

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    1. Array says:

      “Not really. the brain is much more than that. There are neurotransmitters, millions of brain cells with complicated functions not only within the brain structure but related to the rest of the body, including all the organs, systems, including metabolic,, central and peripheral neural system. ”
      All of those are chemistry and electricity. There are differences in how brains are grown and computers are made. They, at their base, are chemistry and electricity. And when our computers make other computers, will this make them special somehow?

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      1. “our claims seem to depend on a baseless assumption that humans aren’t part of the natural world.” —- Au contraire. My comment explains really well how I differentiate the brain from the computer. Tell me, if I mention the embryology of the neural system in my comment isn’t that a way to explain that the brain is one hundred percent part of the natural world?
        Regarding He2 I also explained how helium is formed and I never said it was “special” to the human body. Please read this PDF by Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Bioscience, Sonja Stadler: https://ir.library.dc-uoit.ca/bitstream/10155/315/1/Stadler_Sonja.pdf

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      2. I know. And you never answered my question: What do you think happens after death?

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      3. Finally, an answer. It wasn’t that hard was it?

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  4. bgddyjim says:

    An afterlife hasn’t been disproved, either. In fact, I’d say there’s far more evidence for than against. In the end, I’d rather believe and be wrong than not and be wrong. The latter ends in me being worm food. The former is vastly preferable.

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    1. “An afterlife hasn’t been disproved, either”… No, it has not, Reason: No one can prove a negative, It’s illogical.

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      1. bgddyjim says:

        That argument doesn’t work, though. You’re statement was, “But nothing has been proven.” You’re trying to prove a negative illogically as well. Nothing has been proven or disproved… And, with the exception of people dying and describing “the light” and meeting their deceased relatives, there can’t be proof either way – at least none that would satisfy the modern thinker.

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      2. No, Jim. My statement was exactly that, a statement: Nothing has been proven because you cannot prove a negative in the evidence of absence.
        As for what you wrote: ”

        And, with the exception of people dying and describing “the light” and meeting their deceased relatives, there can’t be proof either way”

        …. Exactly, that is no scientific proof. Those are very nice fairy tales. I like them too.

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  5. To answer your question: “What do you think happens after death?”, I haven´t a clue. I have heard many ideas, read many books, studied ancient cultures, but I have not talked to anyone who has been buried and then comes back to tell me what happened. So with no info to go on, I do not know. The Ancient Egyptians dedicated many pyramids, art, and gods to an afterlife, the ancient Greeks also had many gods and art. Poetry has been dedicated to the ones who have passed. We love those who have died before us and have the wish their spirit lives on in another form so we make art, write poetry, build, in the hope of seeing them once again. Above all, I find it important to live each moment, love each day, and share my knowledge as often as possible.
    Very nice topic and I enjoyed reading all the comments.

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    1. Thank you, Michele.

      “What do you think happens after death?”, I haven´t a clue. I have heard many ideas, read many books, studied ancient cultures, but I have not talked to anyone who has been buried and then comes back to tell me what happened. So with no info to go on, I do not know.

      I couldn’t have said it better.

      Poetry has been dedicated to the ones who have passed. We love those who have died before us and have the wish their spirit lives on in another form so we make art, write poetry, build, in the hope of seeing them once again. Above all, I find it important to live each moment, love each day, and share my knowledge as often as possible.

      Honestly, these words moved me, deeply. I am a full time scientist and never occurred to me to think about the beauty of life and death in art, and put it in such an exquisite and elegant way like you did. You really touched some sensible strings within me. My hat is off to you. Respect!

      <img src=" photo hat-off.jpg” alt=”My hat is off to you!” />

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  6. Thank you very much Doc.

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  7. Adrienne says:

    God promises an afterlife for those who believe in Him. It is no fairy tale. Scientists have studied near death experiences where hundreds of patients who were technically dead briefly, then brought back to life and they ALL had strikingly similar experiences. Their stories, some of which came from children, told of walking into a great white light and finding God.

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    1. Thank you for answering my question, Adrienne. Do you know Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor? She is a neuroanatomist and a brain researcher. She had a brain stroke that changed her life completely. I know this is not a NDE but it is about how a medical doctor who studies the brain can and now she wonders about the great possibility of an afterlife, of something greater than us. That is exactly why I am asking this question.
      This is the link in case you are interested: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

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      1. Adrienne says:

        Thanks! I’ll check her out. There is a neurosurgeon who came out with a book recently which was about these hundreds of patients I mentioned. He studied their stories and decided there was no way they could be so similar due to coincidence. Kind of like the theory of intelligent design. You see the geometric ratio (the golden section) all over the natural world. There is no way that’s coincidental. It is evidence of a Creator.

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      2. You are very welcome, Adrienne. I admire Dr. Taylor so much, for her scientific knowledge and compassion. For one reason or another, but I don’t believe in coincidences either.
        Let me know what you think about the doctor experience. I think it’s fascinating, intriguing and mind opener.

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  8. farmgirl says:

    Is it possible that we return to the ground from which we were taken? The bible explains this and so much more. Our bodies are found to be made of components found in the earth. http://www.jw.org

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