Body Vs. Consciousness
Mind body dualism is a theory which asserts that the mind and body are completely separate beings. Under this ideology, survival of consciousness after death is plausible, an idea that many have come to accept as the probable explanation of life after death. The Body Vs. Consciousness debate has extreme relevance to the life after death debate for this reason. Proof, evidence, or answers to this question could be the answer to whether the afterlife exists, something that everyone is “dying” to figure out, literally. In opposition to mind body dualism, it is argued that if the mind and the body were separate then drugs, damage, and disease should have no effect on consciousness. They make the point that people lose themselves to Alzheimers, car accidents, and drugs frequently. Supporters of the theory turn to near death experiences and accounts that have been reported in which people came back from the dead, and can recall things that happened or things that they saw during their period of death. This has been studied by a variety of scientists closely and though sometimes ending with similar results, they came to different conclusions. Some studied responses from people who underwent an NDE and concluded that a good percentage of people could account for being consciously aware even after their body was presumably dead. Others scientifically focused on brain activity and declare that the brain may have been still active during the time that the body was shutting down and that that activity could be responsible for what these subjects have been experiencing. Some people say the idea that our consciousness is separate came from a long time ago when we didn’t have a full and complete understanding of the brain and how it functioned. Today the idea can easily be shut down by explanation of brain activity. Others stand strong to their belief and formulate arguments surrounding the truth that this phenomenon is not easy to prove but that does not mean it should be shut down completely. Either way, this debate surely will not end soon and will continue to spark interest in everyone as long as anyone is curious to find out what happens after their life ends for good.