Originally Posted by Dharma
The brain is the point of RECEPTION on the physical plane for the mental body. The mental body has the thoughts regardless of whether we are in physicality or not. Injure the brain and you remove the reception of consciousness on the physical plane. The consciousness is still there, it is always there, but not received in the physical.
Geez, the lengths some brains will go to, to avoid the fear of death.
In that case what about brain damaged people? Does their consciousness somehow get damaged in the so called non-physical plane, or are they just faking retardation?
Also, when we are asleep we are not conscious, and our brains don't have any perceptions. We may have dreams, but they are just hazy thoughts floating around from previous perceptions.
If our "mental body" has thoughts regardless of our state in the "physical plane", then being brain damaged or asleep/unconscious shouldn't affect our ability to perceive, and yet it does - explain that!
PS The self we identify with in the "physical plane" i.e our brain, is all we know. It has learned through experience, gained memories, and changed perceptions. So the question of whether or not some intangible entity exists in a non-physical plane is irrelevant. The death of the brain will be the death of the "I" that we know and love.