Very involved discussion elsewhere addressed here by our Lola, bless her, my response a bit OT so deserving its own thread:
Neither have I and so most gracious thanks Lola
….But…...This is the way I understand it….The human self exists in the human brain……. powered by chemical reactions.
Yes and electrical interactions
We experience this activity as thoughts and feelings about ourselves and others.
About it all, the Whole Schebang, Her
It is not physically possible, if a brain is alive, to have no thoughts or feelings.
I wonder though about deep sleep. But yes, it might even be processing then
Selflessness is a concept, a feeling, a belief, but…...not possible [in death].
But wouldn't use that term Lola, as it means generosity
…..If a person is feeling anything, the self exists. A state of non-self = dead…….
Well put. However you're denying its abstract quality, that it, your Self or Soul, is everything about you except your body and that's how it persists after death. But deny this and you'll have to write a book defending your position, drawing that elusive line in the scale of abstraction
between the concrete and the transcendental
(I should explain about this distinction: According to the general principle that nothing is entirely anything while everything is partly something else, a sidewalk, say, lies near the concrete end [forgive pun] and Her near the other. Note I specify "near" in accordance with the principle cited above
Now most of us call the stuff to the left, real, while the skeptic calls the rest--She being to the far right-- non-existent [again forgive pun]
…also you'll have to contend with an attack by billions of "believers," so you'd better be pretty convincing)
I'm not a religious person.
Me neither, well, as apodictical existential pantheist, not much
I've never (so far) found a religion I could believe.
Wonder if you've looked into pantheism. It even lets you deny Her existence, depending on your position in the issue of abstraction
But I can understand, I think another person's desire to believe.
Welll, that is
generosity isn't it
Been a real pleasure Lola