What are People Saying?

The idea of an afterlife sparks interest in most of us primarily because of our inability to avoid the experience of death. As a result, its existence has been debated thoroughly by a wide range of people coming from many different backgrounds. While so many people are involved, the debate proves to be fairly even with, according to debate.org, 56% arguing yes while 44% argue no. This topic can be greatly associated with religion as religion provides belief systems and descriptions of what life after death could potentially be like. After reviewing comments on research reported and reading debate arguments online, I was able to recognize the substantial role that religion has on shaping the populations ideas or beliefs regarding life after death. Many people reference the bible to form their arguments or counterarguments and others disapprove or do not condone to research evidence that could prove certain beliefs to be false. Either way, this discussion is not one that will end any time soon considering studying this phenomenon has proven to be an extremely difficult task.

One comment I came across that was posted in response to an article reporting on the evidence from an experiment attracted my attention. The experiment involved 944 volunteers who were resuscitated, brought back to life, and then asked about their experiences. A person under the profile name Minxi says “I guess this dismisses the idea of hell existing too if 944 volunteers under went this and they all had the same account upon resuscitation. All reported the sense of serenity and bright light. So the same thing happens to everyone no matter what their life choices.”(Minxi, World News Daily Report). This comment represents the research on this topic changing the ideas of religion. Many religions encourage the belief in an afterlife that is based off the good and the bad things that you do during your lifetime on earth. In the experiment, Minxi recognizes that everyone reported a happy sensation. If this were true, this research suggests everyone has the same afterlife. This opens a new ideology and a new conclusion of what the after life could possibly be. Maybe everyone experiences the same kind of life after death, or at least something very similar, regardless of the type of life they chose to live.

Another comment that caught my eye was from the same article but coming from a different person under the profile Desiree L. Rover. Desiree writes “Think about the repurcussions this has on a ‘brain dead’ individual a.k.a. organ donor…Brain death is a fictitious diagnosis, invented in 1968 by Harvard MDs to facilitate organ transplantation, a multi billion dollar business…”( Rover,World News Daily Report). Through all my research I had not yet come across someone suggesting that brain death was not real. When I looked this up I found a website confirming that brain death does not accurately declare a person dead at all. The study was conducted mostly on account of doctors who have been taking organs from brain dead bodies without providing any anesthesia under the impression that these people were clinically dead. The experiment applies to the afterlife debate because this means that the near death experiences people are claiming to have, can be simply the brain reacting in strange ways as it is slowly shutting down. This changes the idea that these near death experiences can be used as quality scientific evidence of an afterlife.