Do We Survive Death? Evidence.

In April, 2018, I gave a talk on the evidence for some kind of postmortem survival of consciousness for Ashby Village, an East Bay organization that is part of a nationwide trend to help elders live out their lives in their homes.  It’s rewarding to meet regularly with people who may be classified as “elders,” but who are sharing and helping one another, not sitting around complaining about this that and the other…

Pine Needle World
-John Bamberger-

I became aware of the evidence for some sort of survival of mind while I was still a teenager, part of my extensive reading trying to reconcile the best of science and the best of religion, but it was largely a theoretical and intellectual interest.  I intellectually knew that it would become a more interesting subject to me when I got a lot older, and that came true.  So I figured the members of Ashby Village would be interested in what I’d learned…and they were.

The lighting wasn’t as good on the video as I would have liked, and keeping it down to an hour kept me from going into the kind of detail about evidence that I like to think about, but it’s a useful introduction.  I don’t know one way or the other if we survive, but there’s certainly some interesting evidence pointing toward some kind of survival.  In a rational world, I think there would be a lot of research on it, instead of people just believing or disbelieving, but, as we all know, the world isn’t too rational.  And there’s lots of room for intelligent faith and hope…

You can see the video at https://youtu.be/xuQiWv-a2L0 .

One comment

  1. I had spontaneous mystical experiences of Reality (MER) from the age of about 15 to late thirties. Fuller details appear in mysticexperiences.net. Your essay prompted me to draft the following comments intended eventually as a post to my blog. It’s not about NDE’s but a general comment on the mistaken approach by scientists, philosophers and academics to real mystical experiences (if this includes NDE’s). I’m not suggesting I’m right, just reporting on what my multiple experiences taught me. I hope this is helpful:

    human foraging around the question of the mystical experience of Reality, (MER) is understandable, given human curiosity about itself. But scientific, academic and philosophical debate is currently impeded by a basically wrong assumption, ie:

    That MER comes to humans.

    It doesn’t. MER does the opposite, ie:

    MER awakens, draws the whole of existence, including humans to Itself, into Ultimate Reality. Humans who experience MER find no part of themselves where they are taken. There is no evidence of any human existence whatsoever in MER, if my experiences of MER are anything to go by. To insist otherwise is to risk mythomanising MER and Ultimate Reality to the status of religious lucky charms … Humanity is not the ‘be all and all of everything’.

    Despite humanity’s self obsession and limited single minded human approach to everything, MER does not exist to make better human beings, though we can hope that becoming ‘better’ is a natural consequence, an axiomatic, automatic, result of experiencing MER. (Why? – because the experiential evidence of MER is that it is profoundly benign. Its essence is total love, acceptance. Its grace is boundless, permanent. But this applies to the entire creation, not just humans).

    Reality does not meddle in human affairs. It exists to
    absorb us and everything else into Itself, into Ultimate Existence, where human preoccupations are irrelevant.

    Mystic experiences 2018

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