Is death the end?

In theory, it would be possible to combine a disbelief in gods with a belief in an immortal consciousness (or ‘soul’) or even resurrection of the body. There is no evidence, however, that these possibilities are so. The findings of chemistry, physics, and biology suggest that the human mind and psychology depends totally on the brain.

When our brains die, we die. Indeed, the very idea of living on, after death, does not make sense. What could life be like without bodies, our senses, our physical movements and interactions with others?

‘All the evidence goes to show that what we regard as our mental life is bound up with brain structure and organised bodily energy. 

Therefore it is rational to suppose that mental life ceases when bodily life ceases.

If we were not afraid of death, I do not believe the idea of immortality would ever have arisen.’
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) philosopher and social activist


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