The evidence amassed by parapsychologists suggesting that some portion of the human mind may survive the death of the physical body is briefly reviewed. The findings of modern neuroscience undermine the view that substantial portions of one’s personality could survive the death of the physical brain. However, one’s true self is not the current collection of atoms that comprise one’s body, nor is it the current configuration of one’s personality traits (i.e., emotions, thoughts and memories), but rather a pure center of consciousness through which these qualia flow. One’s body likely holds millions of such centers (or “microsouls”), that may be recycled (reincarnated) frequently during the life of the physical body, with memories of previous incarnations lost in each transition. The philosophical doctrine of panpsychism is endorsed as offering the most viable solution to the mind-body problem.
NeuroQuantology | September 2012 | Volume 10 | Issue 3 | Page 547-560
mind-brain interaction; soul; afterlife; mind-body problem