• Atheists are just cold hearted people, who believe we just die, get put in the ground, rot away and that's it. There's in no problem with believing that, everyone has their own opinion. I used to be an atheist until people close to me started to die and now i'm confused as to whether there is such thing as the soul and people laugh at me because I claim to be a scientist.
  • I am definitely open to something, maybe spirits or reincarnation, I'm not sure what though. Since I know the bible could not be true i'm always called an Atheist on here so I believe people just categorize too broadly.
  • I see no evidence whatsoever for any form of afterlife. Therefore, until evidence is forthcoming, I must take its total absence as the working hypothesis. I would say I "believe" this, but in context that is too strong a word. Just that any belief in an after life is, in the absence of evidence, just wishful thinking. I must "believe" the simplest hypothesis, which is that when life appears to stop, it does.
  • I consider myself agnostic, some aspects of religion really intrigue me, but the notion of heaven and hell surely isn't one of them. It may seem melancholy, but it just makes more sense to me that when we die, we just are gone, not any different from killing an animal, we are just a species. Just because we are highly intelligent and superior doesn't mean we have created a paradise that our "souls" will go to when we die. It just means were intelligent enough to think it up. That's why I think it is so sad when people die, especially when they don't deserve it, because I feel their existence is completely gone. No one has the answers, that's why we always ask these questions, I don't know of any situation where someone has come close to death, and seen an actual tangible heaven. Peoples image of heaven is so cliche also, it makes it even easier to think of it as an illusion, all the aspects of heaven and hell are all things here in the tangible world, the gate, the clouds, the fire, the pain, the happiness.
  • I know plenty of atheists who hold out hope for an afterlife. I do, too. But it's the same kind of hope that someone is going to knock on my door tomorrow and tell me that tey are going to give me one trillion dollars. Other atheists I know believe in reincarnation, some believe that Aliens pick up our "souls" when we die. Plenty of atheists believe that consciousness survives the death of the body. The problem for me is this: consciousness seems to be inextricably linked to the brain. Everything that makes me who I am - my habits, my memories, my emotions, my thoughts, my preferences and mannerisms...they are all functions of my brain. Even my senses are the way that I experience the world and learn...those are reliant upon my brain for understanding. My mind and my reality are what my brain does, if that makes sense to you. I simply cannot see a plausible way for my mind to survive the death of my brain. There can be no thoughts if there is not something for them to travel through. The brain is the only thing that we know of that provides that medium. Any other claims about spirits, souls, essence, life energy, etc is all just conjecture. I have to go by what I KNOW, not what I hope.
    • MisterKatt
      'consciousness survives death of the (brain, mind) body.' Consciousness is a force that exists in matter and enables life to begin from 'non-living' matter when conditions are suitable. That thought was inspired by Buddha who said Consciousness exists in the stone Sleeps in the plant And weakens in the animal.
    • MisterKatt
      WAKENS in the animal.
  • i'm agnostic! feel better?
  • I think the only reason we hypothesize an afterlife is because the idea of personal extinction scares us. I imagine that when we die things are pretty much the way they were before we were born - ie there is no 'we' to experience anything.
  • I'm curious about something myself, what gives you the idea that people 'call themselves Atheists' instead of 'being Atheists'? Do you always judge everything and everyone based on you alone?
  • I'm up for anything. But I like evidence before believing something and telling people that it's true.
  • I am an atheist but also agnostic (I can't know for sure there are no gods but I think it is so unlikely that there is, I class myself as an atheist). As for afterlife it is a possibility but I think it falls into the category of wishful thinking rather than anything concrete. There is no evidence that there is anything after death no any reason I can see to suspect there is. It is technically a possibility but I find it so unlikely I am again in the position of saying "No" to the whole concept. It would be very nice but I really doubt it.
  • I believe there's a great orgy after death and that orgy is reserved for us who call ourselves Atheists. Those of you who call yourselves Christians go to a much, much worse place. Just you wait and see...
  • I'm open to the possibility, but there is no evidence or other reason to assume that there is one.
  • Just because I don't believe in something, doesn't mean I'm right. I'm open to anything, but I just don't believe it. Don't know if that makes any sense, am trying to say that while I don't believe in God for example, there could still be one-or anything people believe in, for that matter. But, unlike an agnostic, I don't await proof of this, and if I ever DID get proof, I would still believe that there would be a logical explanation for this and still view Christianity as fallacy, even if whatever logic may explain God were to over bound what we can comprehend. But a desire isn't a belief, I primarily go on emotions and their psychological factors to theorize about most things that can't be proven, and I'm sure that if ghosts and stuff are real, that there's some scientific explanation behind it for example, and that things like spirit and soul are used to give definition to the mind and our awareness, and other things about ourselves we've yet to fully understand. So for me, death is death, nothing after, and the definition of death is totally canceled out if followed by an afterlife or whatever, it would then be a transition of sorts...but I don't use a dictionary's definition of the word death for this belief, just doesn't make any sense that there would be anything after, we wouldn't be able to withstand "immortality" either physically or mentally, or if we would, we would be something else entirely...perhaps this happens, but unlike most Christians think, I don't think you go on as your own self in a better place. That's what everyone wants, so it's easy to dismiss on delusion and emotional relief. Most religions and beliefs are built around this, and it's been around for far longer than Christianity, so to me it's very human, and doesn't exist outside of hope.
  • I am an indifferent agnostic but I don't beleive in any afterlife.
  • I'm uncertain about the possibility of an afterlife and open to the possibility. However, I lean towards thinking their isn't one. Also, wether or not you think their is an afterlife has nothing to do with being an athesit or agnostic. An atheist simply believe their is no god(s). A agnostic is uncertain if their is or isn't one. That's it. An atheist could believe in reincarnation, the soul, ghosts, and the afterlife and still be an atheist as long as he dosen't believe in a god or gods. Belief of supernatural things other than gods are irrevelant to being agnostic or atheist.
  • Atheism is just the absence of belief in a deity(s). Technically, you can call yourself an atheist and still believe in an afterlife of sorts. Although I think most atheists, like myself, do not.
  • I'm open to the Idea of an afterlife but I wish I had more proof.
  • I just don't pretend to know.
  • I don't know what happens after death, and I don't really care at this point. Honestly, what difference does it make? Does what happens to you after you die give you any more or less of a reason to act like a decent human being while you're alive? Killing, stealing, etc. is still morally wrong with or without the promise of heaven.
  • Nothing after death -- MAYBE reincarnation, but I'm more apt to think of death as the final rest.
  • I do believe we rot in the ground when we die. That's it. No heaven, no hell.
  • Yes, I call myself Atheist, it makes me sound really cool and I get more chicks that way As for the afterlife, yes, I do believe in an afterlife...the one the maggots have after we die. If that party ain't an 'afterlife,' I dunno what is
  • Hello! Agnostic here! BTW, Atheist and Agnostic are not the same thing. Atheists do not believe in a God or an afterlife. Agnostics aren't sure.
  • I am not an athiest but an agnostic. In theory athiests should not believe in a "spiritual" afterlife, because they don't believe in religion. Agnostics, however, don't believe in any particular religion, but do believe that there must be some greater force. I am an agnostic, and I believe there must be some type of afterlife, but I have no clue what.
  • I believe that after death, ones kinetic energy(living moving breathing ect) is turned into potential energy(ie plant growth) and that's the end of you.
  • I have absolutely no idea...I could speculate a lot of things, theorize, postulate, guess...but no one knows and until I have definitive proof, I am not going to say there is NO form of afterlife, there might be reincarnation, we might just disperse and our energy be part of the cosmos, we might transcend to the 4th or 5th or higher dimensions, I have no idea...but of all the things I could imagine, heaven and hell seem the least likely.
  • I believe in reincarnation. I simply don't believe in any of the mainstream religions.
  • from "The Havamal" an old nordic book verse 77. Cattle die, and kinsmen die, And so one dies one's self; One thing I know that never dies, The fame of a dead man's deeds. This I find believable, And I think it is much preferable to an eternal paradise. When I die I leave it to my children to carry on. I trust them to do well. Atheist: Someone who feel certain there is no god. Agnostic: Someone who do not claim to know either way about gods (and dont much care). regards JakobA
  • The difference between an atheist and an agnostic is that an atheist will say that there is no god and what proves that is in the lack of proof that there is. An agnostics will agree to the lack of proof but will also say there is no proof that there is NOT a god also. To an agnostic there is no proof either way but in general, an agnostic would agree with an atheist that there is no God. Yo put it another way, neither really believe in an afterlife or the existence of God. I personally believe there is no afterlife. I consider myself agnostic, not pure atheist.
  • I wish I knew the answer to what happens when we die but I don't.
  • I'm Agnostic.
  • I highly doubt an afterlife, so much so that I feel safe in considering myself an Atheist

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