Is there life after death? | The Tylt
It's the oldest debate in human history—what happens to us after we die? Many religious traditions claim our souls are immortal, our bodies will be resurrected, we will be reincarnated as other beings, or burn in hell for all eternity. But while 72 percent of Americans believe in heaven, scientific evidence for an afterlife is inconclusive. Stephen Hawking calls the afterlife "a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark." Do you think there is life after death? 👻 ⚰️👼🏼
Is there life after death?
The belief that we each have a soul is so widespread that anthropologists describe it as a “human universal,” meaning it is found in every known society. The concept of the soul is found in civilizations from ancient Egypt and the pre-Columbian Americas to the tribes of Siberia. Even the Neanderthals buried their dead.
Most Christians, Muslims, and Hindus alive today—nearly five billion people—believe human beings are more than just their physical bodies.
But many leading scientists say there is simply no evidence for life after death. In his 2010 book "The Grand Design," Stephen Hawking asserted there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe. When biologist Richard Dawkins was asked what happens after we die, he responded with "You get buried." Belief does not equal proof.
But studies of near-death experiences (NDEs) are giving even nonbelievers pause:
Studies conducted in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States have revealed that approximately 15 percent of cardiac arrest survivors do report some recollection from the time when they were clinically dead. These studies indicate that consciousness, perceptions, thoughts, and feelings can be experienced during a period when the brain shows no measurable activity.
But many atheists and religious historians argue religion came into being precisely because there is no life after death. Humans were so afraid that death was the end that we created myths to assuage our fears. They say we need to focus on the here and now, because this life is all there is.
But can 5 billion people really be wrong?