Originally Posted by Steve Pavlina
Some skeptics would doubt the existence of their own heads if they weren't attached.
I guess if a skeptic doesn't get to experience something, they have to conclude it's impossible... perhaps as a way of protecting their fragile self-esteem or something.
Well, skeptics exists becouse of lack of evidence. For example, claim of communicating with dead is very hard to believe. Let me take a slice of that pie and explain.
If one can communicate with dead say your relative for example father, the basic precursor for such communication would be a memory transfer between living being and the dead one, meaning that dead being has same memories that it had before
he died. If that was not the case then dead one would have no clue who you are or know about events in past.
So, the memory of living must be there if you claim communication with dead. Lets dig into that then...
The long term memory in humans is stored in neocortex part of brain short term in hippocampus part. This has been proven be countless research. It has also been shown that it is possible to erase memory
by manipulating brain cells.
This proves that our actual memories are stored in the brain. Its like computer memory just much more sophisticated.
So when person dies, this memory would have to be downloaded out of brain somewhere, if we are later to communicate with dead that "remember" us.
That raises interesting question: Where is memory downloaded and stored when you die? With billions and billions of people that died you would need lots of storage. And with so much information to transfer from brain to somewhere else I would think we would get wind of energy moving.
Secondary point is that with amount of suffering lot of people endured during lifetime, why you would need this memory at all? I would argue that you do not need this memory if there is some other realm after death.
So, my point is that this process of downloading memory from living to dead is significant yet there is no evidence of it.
Secondly, if there is no memory transfer then claims of communicating with dead are rather dubious.
And to close it off, there is duality. Everything has its opposite to define it. Life/Death, Consciousness/No-Consciousness, Existence/Non-existence thus you just can't be forever.
Your life one way or another has to end or it would not be at all.