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Why Near-Death Experiences Are a Flimsy Justification for the Idea That We Have Immortal Souls

The evidence supporting the 'independent soul' explanation is flimsy at best. It is unsubstantiated. It comes largely from personal anecdotes. It is internally inconsistent.

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When we let go of religious or spiritual beliefs, it can be painful to accept the reality and permanence of death. But we can take comfort in the knowledge that, whatever secular philosophies of death we have, they aren't based on sloppy evidence and wishful thinking and an intense effort to avoid cognitive dissonance. We can take comfort in the knowledge that our philosophies of death are built on a solid foundation of good evidence, reason, plausibility, and the acceptance of reality.

And that's more comforting than any spiritual belief I've ever held.

Also in this series: Why 'Everything Has a Cause' Is a Terrible Justification for God's Existence Why 'Life Had To Have Been Designed' Is a Terrible Justification for God's Existence Why 'The Universe Is Perfectly Set Up For Life' Is a Terrible Justification for God's Existence Why 'I Feel It In My Heart' Is a Terrible Justification for God's Existence.

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