Death’s Final Illusion: a Timeless, Psychological, and 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 psychological 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 psychology, what do you think?
 
Mar 2020
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It verifies that the final state of your mind could last for eternity. This supports afterlife theories. But it insinuates that if there is a life flash before eyes thing. That you will judge yourself for the rest of eternity, which means it does matter how you live your life. And if you dont have some redemptive or overall redemptive life, you could technically "go to hell."

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Sep 2020
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Two main things to point out here about the NEC--first, its default aspect, i.e., it could be overwritten (though its replacement would have to be something faith-based) and, second, as reflected in your "if"s, the mystery as to what for us will be the content of that final moment. The article states:

The theory ... merely defines the NEC, implicitly claiming it as the default after-life. It does not deny the existence of a supernatural eternal consciousness or afterlife no matter how apparently illogical or (at least for now seemingly) unscientific. Such an eternal consciousness could be an after-death type of NDE or some other afterlife that immediately or later overrides the NEC — e.g., a reincarnation or a resurrection of body and soul.
You are right in that the default NEC could be hellish, and it remains a mystery as to what determines its content--random chance, the causality of nature, one's mental state and lifetime memories, a God, or some combination of these? Thus the article ends with"

... what seems prudent given the NEC is at least to form a self that one is happy to live with forever and to lead a life that allows one to be content and peaceful in one’s last wakeful moment. Anything beyond that involves unselfish love and trust.
So, perhaps "it does matter how you live your life."