Life after Death Essay

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Life after death is a topic of controversy in which Bertrand Russell and John Hick discusses the idea of whether it is possible to have life after death. Russell addresses his argument against the idea through his brief essay titled “The Illusion of Immortality” (1957). In addition, Hick also discusses the topic through his work “In Defense of Life after Death” (1983) of why life after death is a plausible idea. In this paper I will be discussing Russell’s argument against the belief of life after death. As well, I will also be addressing the opposing view by explaining Hick’s argument in defense of life after death. My goal in this paper is to highlight through the analysis of life after death how Russell in my opinion holds the strongest …show more content…
Basically, he says that when something interrupts us like how for instance if death occurs our brain and all the elements that make up the brain are gone very much like the path of a riverbed it stops flowing when it is interrupted, it ends.
The mind and soul of a person ceases when one dies. In reference to memory, memory is brain dependent. It is acknowledged that if there is injury to the brain it often results in a temporarily sometimes permanent loss in memory depending on how severe the injury is. For the reason that memory is brain dependent it is a hind to us that our memory does not continue after we cease to exist. This led Russell to believe that the best explanation of life after death is that death is the end and the there is not possibility for life after it.
The next argument that Russell make is that “He claims that the inclination to believe in immortality comes from emotional factors, notably the fear of death” (Russell 1957, 377). This idea is in reference to if death is simply the end, then why do so many people fear it? Here he gives a quasi explanation that death is adaptive. According to psychologist it is due to the fact that humans can imagine others not existing, but are incapable of imagine themselves being out of existence (Russell 1957, 378). The stress factor in result from the fear of death sometimes misleads people to believe when they are dreaming about their dead loved ones that the dead is trying to contact