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As atheist and agnostics what in your opinion is the odds of there being a afterlife ?

I’m pure atheist however I do think there may be some form of a afterlife . Deffidently not the Christianality version of it or god but perhaps some form of an after life . I don’t think it’s going to be what anybody thinks it is nor do I think any of the religions of today are right about it . But maybe it’s a spiritual world of some sort ? This imo is just wishful thinking on my part but ya never know . Also what do you think are the odds of rebirth ? Reancarntion ? I don’t think here needs to be a god for this to be a possibility. Your thoughts ?

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Sometime last year, I committed to posting this in any discussion I saw about the afterlife.

John_Tyrrell Level 7 Jan 8, 2019
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To use the approved scientific terminology: absolutely fuck-all.

Jnei Level 8 Jan 8, 2019
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0

Pralina1 Level 8 Jan 8, 2019
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Zero.

Gwendolyn2018 Level 7 Jan 8, 2019
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Zero. Nada. Nothing. Zip.

LiterateHiker Level 8 Jan 8, 2019
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Well there is one for pets? "The Rainbow Bridge" but otherwise? Pure fantasy.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Just ask my Atheist cat group (who is ok with me being self-deluding in this manner).

RavenCT Level 9 Jan 8, 2019
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Zero percent chance.

Kafir Level 7 Jan 8, 2019
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There is no "afterlife". When you're dead, you're dead. That's it, there is no more.
Trying to hedge and think "maybe there is", is NO different than saying "maybe there is a god". Neither can be substantiated.
Anything else is just wishful thinking.

KKGator Level 9 Jan 8, 2019
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Zero. You might live on in the fond memories of your loved ones, or anyone remembering you what you lived for, stood for, left behind as a legacy, etc. That's it, so do your best in this life, because it is your one shot.

Julie808 Level 7 Jan 9, 2019
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As an agnostic I'll answer in a religious manner (lol)....By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.

That ash, that dust for the most part is oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus. If you want to think it in a spiritual manner or an "reincarnation" manner, how I look at it is that when I'm gone, that dust will provide for the next tree, the blade of grass, the worms....whatever because it's just a constant circle. What you're made of is not destroyed, it's re-used. The Carbon in you at that atomic level could of been part of a T-Rex many many MANY years ago.

Dougl35534 Level 5 Jan 8, 2019
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0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 % Optimistically speaking.

TheAstroChuck Level 8 Jan 8, 2019
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The odds of some form of afterlife are much much greater than the odds that a being that created a universe of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars 13,500,000,000 years ago decided to make a teenage Jewish girl pregnant 2000 years ago.

BD66 Level 7 Jan 8, 2019
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Absolute zero to any kind of an after life. Only religious fools believe in a after life.

freedom41 Level 7 Jan 8, 2019
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Well IDK 🤷 death seems to be permanent so... No way of knowing on this end

Jaed Level 4 Jan 8, 2019
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0%

maturin1919 Level 7 Jan 8, 2019
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None!!!

Mermaidfantasy Level 4 Jan 12, 2019
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Since no one has come back there are no odds. Its a question without an answer. So the real question is what is the value of the idea of a afterlife? I suppose only in its effects on your current life. If it helps you deal in a positive way great. If it is a fear based dogma then it is bad. Odds I would think need a base line of some kind of information. As far as I know there is none.

Quarm Level 5 Jan 11, 2019
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Personally, I would love to be there in the anteroom to Heaven when some of my old friends from Texas are told they're about to be reunited with all their ex-wives.

HankFox Level 3 Jan 9, 2019
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I believe the default position should be that when the brain dies, the thinking mind stops. Any thoughts, senses, and awareness are all gone. Complete oblivion and we cease to exist. It may seem bleak but that's what I have to go with, unless evidence to the contrary comes along

Hoppy2018 Level 3 Jan 9, 2019
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It is hard for us humans to think cosmically but IMO the entire chain of organisms can be considered to be a single entity. Time is an illusion—even quantum gravity theory has it so. The concept of an afterlife makes no sense from a cosmic perspective. There’s just life and we are it—right now and forever more. To put it crudely, we are in heaven right now but lack the awareness to fully appreciate our station.

To yearn for immortality as a separate personality is a futile and foolish quest IMO. The sense of self as a particular body is just an illusion anyway. Some bodies are shared by multiple “selves”, all illusory.

Every second of conscious awareness is a heavenly miracle of staggering proportions!

WilliamFleming Level 7 Jan 9, 2019
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As an atheist, I do not believe in any form of afterlife. However, wanted to share a couple of links here:

1) Just yesterday, I listened to an interesting conversation on the topic on NPR's 1-A broadcast. You can listen to it here: [the1a.org]

2) In another post on this forum, I shared a link about people of the Druze sect who believe in reincarnation. You can read it here: [agnostic.com]

PS: There's a reason we all are atheists. We lay very strong emphasis on reasoning and proof. We don't see any of that for the concept of God. In the same way, we don't see any for the concept of Afterlife. Therefore, there is no good reason why someone would believe in one and not the other. Both share the same human motivation -- a desire to explain the complexities of this world with something simple -- but no proof.

Rahm1 Level 3 Jan 9, 2019
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If you believe in an afterlife, you need to redefine yourself from pure atheist to something else. As an atheist, when you're dead, you're dead. Any other belief, you are something else.

glennlab Level 8 Jan 9, 2019
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Not so. Atheism refers to gods and gods only.

@maturin1919 We are going to have to agree to disagree.

@glennlab I positively loathe that phrase.

Atheism refers to a lack of gods. Period. It's where it begins and ends. Any other magical mumbo jumbo is fair game.

@maturin1919 I'll have to disagree with you also. The umbra of atheism touches on all sorts of religious, mystical and supernatural subjects.

Most atheists, struggling to escape their family religion, find that one endeavor so difficult they rarely venture further. But there is a great deal more in atheism than a consideration of gods.

@HankFox I actually agree with @maturin1919 on this, I think there are a lot of people with atheist beliefs about deities who don’t hold purely scientific materialist beliefs on other aspects of life. It’s very possible to believe in an afterlife while not believing in god or gods.

@HankFox Atheism is the disbelief in gods. Period.

@maturin1919 You haven't really thought about it. There's a HELL of a lot more in this box than mere disbelief in gods. And I'm not talking about feminism or social justice causes.

@HankFox Yes, I have. The word means to be without theism; theism is the belief in a god or gods.

That's it. That's all there is to it. People try to add to that, but it doesn't actually belong. That's why you have atheists who believe in woo, ghosts, afterlives, whatever. As long as they don't believe in gods they're still atheists. End of story.

@maturin1919 Eventually, I'll have a book on the subject, explaining some new ideas. I expect you to me my relentless enemy. smile002.gif

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Once your dead, your dead! Sic Transit Gloria Mundi! no amount of wishful thinking will make an iota of difference.

davers Level 5 Jan 9, 2019
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Absolutely none what so ever.

creative51 Level 7 Jan 9, 2019
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none, consciousness is a function of the brain. Dead brain rots, no consciousness

KissedbySun Level 7 Jan 8, 2019
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