Death’s Final Illusion: a Natural Eternal Consciousness

Sep 2020
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An article of mine, which was recently published in the Journal of Mind and Behavior, describes an illusion that occurs with death and only with death. A postprint copy of the article, entitled “The Theory of a Natural Eternal Consciousness: The Psychological Basis for a Natural Afterlife,” can be accessed on ResearchGate. This “illusion of immortality” is based on cognitive principles and human experience. The principles can be gleaned from the following hypothesis, which is quoted from article:

Hypothesis 2. For decades evidence has been mounting that we perceive time as a sequence of events, each evolving one discrete, present conscious moment at a time (Elliott and Giersch, 2016). Outside of these moments, e.g., dreamless sleep, we perceive nothing. Before death a still functioning brain produces one last present moment of a perceived event within some experience, perhaps a dream, and then is incapable of ever producing another moment that would cognitively supplant the last one from our consciousness. Therefore, we never perceive and thus are never aware that our last experience is over. So a remnant of consciousness, an experience paused in a moment at a point in time, will become imperceptibly timeless, i.e., static, and deceptively eternal relative to our perspective.—p. 55
The article goes on to provide much detail and support for this hypothesis. As someone, presumably interested in cognitive psychology, what do you think?