What do you think happens after you die?
I don't have a fixed opinion about this. I can see the case for that death is the end of it all, but I am a kind of "I Want to Believe" type and have also considered various mechanisms for survival of consciousness. I would love to come across some sort of evidence to convince me that there really is more. It wouldn't need to be incontrovertible, just enough to convince me
. I think finding such evidence would give me a great deal of peace.
I imagine that it depends on whether souls exist, and if they do, what they're composed of. I've wondered if there's some sort of energy that steers living things that hasn't yet been discovered or proven by science. The chemical soup explanation doesn't totally sit right for me. There is something in our brains that is self aware and is able to consider options, weigh evidence, make moral judgments and other decisions even if they're not logical or instinctive, and so on. I don't see that all being random or the work of chemical synapses that aren't controlled by something that is quite simply More. Plus, there's the anecdotal evidence presented by mediums and people with near-death experiences and so on. Although I will agree with skeptics that such evidence is hardly conclusive proof, I don't think it all can be waved away and written off without serious consideration.
If there is an afterlife, I doubt it exists in a form that can be described by our psychological schemas. This is one reason why I doubt some
of the anecdotes I've read as being more than dreams or other constructions of a very human and organic brain. I can't see a sensible reason why souls would continue to look like human body figures, for example, in the absence of a physical body or why there would still be visual sight as we typically perceive through our eyes or similar. But this also is one reason why I would think about taking more seriously the stories of mediums who are able to perceive experiences without
being able to give detailed visual descriptions, because if there is a way for a soul to leave the body or a consciousness, I would think it would not retain vision as we know it but would perceive more along the lines of emotions or non-sensory experiences.
On religion, I could see there being a greater being or beings. For the reasons outlined above I don't really buy the typical religions but I could see them being symbolic representations and archetypes to understand what really is out there.
The one thing I do know is I want to see my dad again when I die. Even if it's just a final figment of my imagination.
Anyway, my kids are finishing their dinner so signing off.