<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Blackmore (Susan) - And After Death? (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PaperSummary_8366.htm">And After Death?</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Blackmore (Susan).htm">Blackmore (Susan)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Blackmore - Dying to Live, Chapter 13</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PaperSummary_8366.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PapersToNotes_8366.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Conclusion</U> <FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">All things considered, I can see no reason to adopt the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>1</SUP> hypothesis. For me the arguments are overwhelming. The dying brain hypothesis, for all its shortcomings, does a better job of accounting for the experiences themselves. And it reveals not a false hope of the self surviving for ever but a genuine insight beyond the self. </ol>.</FONT><U>Rejected arguments / hypotheses</U>.<FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li><B>The Consistency Argument</B>: that NDEs are similar around the world and throughout history. So, NDEs are what they seem, and amount to evidence for an <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>2</SUP>.</li><li><B>The Reality Argument</B>: that NDEs feel so real that they must be what they seem, a real journey to the next world. </li><li><B>The Paranormal Argument</B>: that NDEs involve paranormal events that cannot be explained by science. Hence, NDEs must involve another dimension, another world or the existence of a non-material spirit or soul. </li><li><B>The Transformation Argument</B>: that people are changed by their NDEs, sometimes dramatically for the better, becoming more spiritual and less materialistic; which is evidence for NDEs being spiritual experiences in another world. </li></ol> </FONT> <U>Final Paragraph</U> <FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1">We are biological organisms, evolved in fascinating ways for no purpose at all and with no end in mind. We are simply here and this is how it is. I have no self and  I own nothing. There is no one to die. There is just this moment, and now this and now this.</ol> </FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T07:09" pubdate>02/08/2018 07:09:54</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>