The Argument from Brain Damage Vindicated
Gennaro (Rocco) & Fishman (Yonatan I.)
Source: Martin & Augustine - The Myth of an Afterlife, Part 1, Chapter 5
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    It has long been known that brain damage has important negative effects on one’s mental life and even eliminates one’s ability to have certain conscious experiences. It thus stands to reason that when all of one’s brain activity ceases upon death, consciousness is no longer possible and so neither is an afterlife2. It seems clear that human consciousness is dependent upon functioning brains. This essay reviews some of the overall neurological evidence from brain damage studies and concludes that our argument from brain damage has been vindicated by such overwhelming evidence. It also puts forth a more mature philosophical rationale against an afterlife3 and counters several replies to the argument.



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