This article showcases my attempt at answering one of biggest questions in life, what happens to each of us after die? One can write an entire book about it. therefore, I shall hope the reader is well-informed about some requisite scientific notions and theory or plainly I hope, however, I will do my best to simplify some intricate terms as I indulge further in elucidating the matter.
Death, a rummy concept. Scientifically, it’s “the termination of all biological functions that sustain an organism”. hence any type of particle-by-particle teleportation or whole brain emulation will be deemed as a physical death in which the biological functions of a human body stop working. But, what is you? Are you really your body?
Throughout one’s life span, one gets injected with a false sense of self. A mere illusion that one holds dear due to one’s environment. Thus one finds it delicate to obliterate what one has been taught. Mobs of people assume that, in core, they’re a little person sitting in the back of their heads. They reckon, they’re not their body, they have a body. Unfortunately, this could possibly not get any farther from the truth. Scientifically, one is nothing but a biological and physiological machine. One’s behavior is dictated only by one’s previous life experiences and one’s inherited genes. Furthermore, one is constantly fluctuating. Neuro-scientifically, the sacred sensory experience that one experiences is called consciousness, which is an ever changing unit. You’re always changing, depending on the neural activity in a given time.
According to the “triune brain” model, we can partition the human brain to three regions. First, there’s the reptilian complex, which is responsible for species-typical instinctual behaviors involved in aggression, dominance, territoriality and ritual displays. This part of the brain controls the muscles, balance and autonomic functions such as unaware control of heart, lungs, stomach and liver. Second, there’s the limbic system that arose early in mammalian evolution and is responsible for the motivation and emotion involved in feeding, reproductive behavior, and parental behavior. This part of the brain consists of the septum, amygdala, hypothalamus, hippocampal complex and cingulate cortex. Feelings and instincts come from the limbic system. If you stimulate the limbic system with a weak electric voltage, feelings arise. Ultimately, there’s Neocortex, which is the uttermost part of the brain and found uniquely in higher mammals, specifically Homo sapiens. Here our senses are perceived and interpreted. Motor function is controlled by the neocortex. The difference betwixt the motor being controlled in the reptilian brain and the neocortex is the reptilian brain controls the coarse motions while the neocortex handles fine and precise movements such as fingers. In this region you will also find logic, speech and abstract thinking.
When one has been conditioned, one might remark that his behavior is a mere reaction to some external stimuli. For one permits the more primitive parts of the brain to arrogate one’s reasoning and render him a mere slave to any extraneous shift. When one is taken aback, for instance, one’s amygdala may hijack and cause one to engender a strong emotional reaction which will take over one’s body, and one might fetch up assaying to rationalize one’s behavior. Under those circumstances, meditation Has proven much efficacious in terms of dealing with such situations. For it turns out to be able to alter the very structure of one’s brain.
As we have hitherto seen, when it comes to the question of death, we become fully cognizant of the fact that one has no core. One is unremittingly vacillating, constantly changing. There is no you. Consequently, the latter quest turns out to be irrelevant. For you’re a dissimilar person each moment. Nonetheless, I reckon that’s not the satisfying solvent when one ponders upon mortality. What the bulk of people cite when they speak of the self is, what’s called in psychology, the persona- one’s narrative, which feeds primarily on time.
Nonetheless, our perception of time is erroneous. One tends to intuitively perceive time linearly, as a perpetual chain of occurrences. The arrow of time seems always to proceed forward, however; in actuality time is a counterintuitively elusive concept. Time doesn’t exist. Everything that has existed, exists or will ever exist is already here and now (But now is also, a point in time, however, one should notice that I’m limited by language). Furthermore, time is not continuous either, it’s no more than a series of snapshots. Our experience of time can be broken to intervals of 0,042 seconds each of which make up one moment of consciousness. If you can envisage time as a tunnel, commencing from the big bang up until now, with you looking from the outside, you can see that every event in history happens simultaneously. The reason you can’t see that is because of the entropy. Our universe is goaded by entropy that induces shifts in our environment all the time. In a closed system, entropy can only increase, not decrease. That is why when you drop a cup to the floor, it rarely reassembles itself and comes back to whole again. The human brain is seeking to make sense all of this, through senses we can sense changes in our surroundings. Moreover, given the fact that our brain is a mutable entity, accumulated changes make up memories and give rise to a smooth internal representation of time. If we dissemble that it would be possible to live with no retention or memory, and one wouldn’t be able to distinct yesterday from today, because they don’t have any reference.
What I’m attempting to convey will be incomplete if I did not draw the card of quantum mechanics out of my deck. The quantum theory has hitherto blacked out our common sense and what we cognize about the natural world, subatomic particles tend go back in time, and do not obey to the laws of physics as we know them. The superposition principle says that an electron is in all its possible configurations until we measure it. To put it differently, an electron is everywhere until it gets measured. Without a conscious observer all matter dwells in undetermined state of probability. There’s no such thing as solid material objects. The physical manifestation of objects dwells only inside the conscious observer’s brain. Thereupon comes the many worlds interpretation that says for every single possibility we have another universe. Additionally, knowing that we have an infinite amount of probability, we wind up with an infinite number of universes. Each universe represents one single possibility in a limitless ocean of data. Consequently, if you (the persona) died in a terrorist attack, for instance, there is a similar version of you that pulled through the tragedy, and another might not even choose to head to the exact same location. By the same token, if one considers the fact that every possibility exists right now and your life, as it is, is a simple string inside a much giant information structure, death will seem to be a mere abstract concept sculpted by mankind to make sense of things.
Similarly, in a reality where every single possibility exists simultaneously, if you wholeheartedly believe in hell and heaven. And you say for instance that the probability of you getting resurrected is 70%, chances are that you will resurrect are very astronomical, because it’s the expression of it that defines the statistics of its existing. For The likelihood of something to happen is defined by you as a reference frame. You define the entropy level around you. Therefore, the pattern of quantized moments of experience is infinite, and statistically an afterlife is inevitable.