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The way I see it is this: If there is some sort of afterlife, why hasn't someone who passionately wants to prove it to the rest of us, presented themself to a television studio to demonstrate the fact, after they have died?
BUT if I believe that some sort of energy exists in all humans, in all life itself, that is apart from what we can normally see, touch, smell, taste, and which cannot be scientifically tested by what means we have available to us at this moment in time . . . what does that make me, irrational ?
From a godless perspective (ie, scientifically), for nearly.....
But I've had personal experiences of someone just watching inside my own mind And it's me, but without an ego, and without my emotions, something intensely curious but detached lending my senses sort of. Weird, ain't it And no, not on drugs of any kind. I'm an allergic to them
Probably an old topic BUT, as I get older I find myself thinking a little more about the possibility of life after death. Not my material body, but perhaps some form of energy or consciousness. Is there a recognized science that deals with this topic OR is it viewed with too much skepticism by the sciences ?DERYN
... like the number Pi to so many decimal places that it would be impossible that the signal occured by natural means...
There is no scientific evidence of life after death, so what could the scientist study?
In general, though, stage magicians with a little background in science and scientific method are better at studying these phenomena than scientists. Scientists are not used to dealing with experimental systems that deliberately try to deceive them.
Quote from: damocles on 11/11/2011 19:38:04In general, though, stage magicians with a little background in science and scientific method are better at studying these phenomena than scientists. Scientists are not used to dealing with experimental systems that deliberately try to deceive them.There are some people that cross disciplines. For example, Professor Ray Hyman is an accomplished magician, and a psychologist that studies and helps debunk claims of paranormal activity/abilities.If much of religion is just a stage show... then the priests, cardinals, and popes must know that they aren't really talking to "God".
The scientist could study claims of life after death -- the subset of them that involve some sort of physical manifestation. I guess psychologists may well study why people believe things, but the study of actual life after death is another matter.For them, "the subset of them that involve some sort of physical manifestation:" is already studied in mathematics.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empty_set
There is a difference between studying claims of an afterlife (which would be a branch of psychology) and studying evidence of an afterlife (which isn't possible because there is no evidence).People's belief certainly exists and can be studied.My point was that you can't undertake a scientific study of life after death for exactly the same reason that you can't do scientific studies on unicorns.
A scientist can study claims that a unicorn has been around by investigation of dung, hoofprints, horn impressions, etc., to make sure it really was a unicorn and not a charlatan with some other animal. (or otherwise!)
Unicorn horns exist!!!(image deleted; check CliffordK post above)They just never were on horse heads.
Quote from: CliffordK on 13/11/2011 20:10:31Unicorn horns exist!!!(image deleted; check CliffordK post above)They just never were on horse heads.This image shows the horn of a laevounicorn, as opposed to a dextrounicorn. In your imagination try to use it as a corkscrew and you will know why!