Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

If there is an afterlife, would we even be the same person? Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Supposing there is an afterlife (not looking for a debate on this, just being hypothetical), would we be the same person? So many aspects of our personality are driven by our hormones and environmental learning and genes etc. e.g. our sex drive, love, interest in food, playing games, dancing, music, intelligence
    So if there was an afterlife, where we obviously wouldn't be in our physical body any more (since we leave that here on earth for our loved ones to bury)... what would be left of who we are?

    Interested to hear from those who believe in an afterlife.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    This is the classic Theseus's paradox of the 21st century and the truth is we don't know. I personally believe the claustrum can be separated from the memories and personality so that the individual can be moulded by society but the consciousness will still survive.

    However, if you were to die, why would it matter? If improvement means replacement then it should happen for the glory of progress. To think otherwise is individual selfishness; the thought of a caterpillar desperately clinging to the chrysalis to prevent the birth of the butterfly; the strong being held back by the weak.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheРeoplesPath)
    This is the classic Theseus's paradox of the 21st century and the truth is we don't know. I personally believe the claustrum can be separated from the memories and personality so that the individual can be moulded by society but the consciousness will still survive.

    However, if you were to die, why would it matter? If improvement means replacement then it should happen for the glory of progress. To think otherwise is individual selfishness; the thought of a caterpillar desperately clinging to the chrysalis to prevent the birth of the butterfly; the strong being held back by the weak.
    So you believe in an afterlife? Are you religious or just a kind of unknown afterlife? Do you think every animal experiences this or humans are in a different league to other animals?
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Atheist here, hard not to spring into a debate about whether the afterlife existing, but here we go. The word for Hell came from Helan (something like that) which is a verb as opposed to a noun or physical place. That suggests that you would just be in a constant state of fear/regret or a constant state of bliss for the rest of your life, depending on whether you been naughty or good. So, the answer is no. We wouldn't be the same person, we wouldn't be anybody in fact, we'd just be in an enteral state of bliss or cowering. Though, as I say, I don't think there's much need to worry about this. It's either fake or inevitable, can't do anything to change it...
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Moura)
    So you believe in an afterlife? Are you religious or just a kind of unknown afterlife? Do you think every animal experiences this or humans are in a different league to other animals?
    I am of the opinion that humans (not animals) will transcend to a higher state of existence but it will not be an afterlife. The belief in the paradise after death means giving up on improving our life here which is a betrayal to our people.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
    Useful resources
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.