What do yall think about what happens after death?
I am in agreement with the majority here that there is no evidence to prove that there is anything after death, this can be depressing for some people and a motivator for others once they realize they have a finite existence and should make the most of that brief time here.
On the other hand, what I would like to believe happens after death is another matter entirely and it looks a bit like this.
They have a new study that shows that we might be fully concence for some time after we die, and there for will know that we are dead...
How long that lasts, who knows...
I think we just cease to exist (our mind anyway), and the rest is reused by the earth in one way or another.
A person dies. Some people have trouble grasping the notion. It seems obvious enough if we think about it for animals. People die too. If one has a good set of values and does something that gives meaning and purpose, life is beautiful.
One can become ready for death without regret or shame if you've lived a good life. To believe a person dies but somehow you really aren't completely dead always struck me as odd, if not to say illogical and highly unscientific. Why pretend otherwise?
If some humans can't handle the facts of death, if they prefer myth and illusion to truth, they're walking on a path that allows fear and wishful thinking to overcome common sense. This can open the door to the violent excesses committed by followers whose root values are irrational.
The most I can say for the other side's point of view is that perhaps religious belief provides some form of psychological comfort . . . .
What does it matter what I might imagine about an afterlife? The only thing that actually matters if if there is one and how one would go about determining that.
Since no one has ever died and lived to tell the tale (ha) -- the answer is that we have no empirical data on the topic. (And no, near death experiences don't count, they call them NEAR death for a reason).
What we DO have is indirect evidence in spades that there is no afterlife, and literally ZERO valid evidence that there is.
There is no substantiation for the notion that there is anything besides the natural world (philosophical naturalism). There is no evidence that human consciousness is, or can be, discarnate. All current evidence points to individual consciousness being an emergent property of a particular configuration of matter and energy, aka, your body and nervous system. Since the body and nervous system disorganize beginning at death such that they are no longer recognizable as you, it is highly, HIGHLY likely that your consciousness evaporates right along with it.
The only alternative I can think of is that the human brain is a biological transceiver for some wavelength of consciousness that exists in some yet-undiscovered energy field -- but there is NO evidence in favor of that and quite a lot of obstacles to it being true, not least of which is that there are no viable candidates for what this energy field would be or where it would be concealed.
Most notions of consciousness as some kind of universal or inherent property of reality are based on a composition fallacy -- that because the universe CONTAINS intelligent life, it therefore IS, itself, intelligent.
Finally even if our consciousness returns to some universal pool nothing suggests that your individuality will survive that. A raindrop can fall in the ocean and it doesn't cease to exist, but it ceases to exist AS a raindrop.