SCIENCE TACKLES THE AFTERLIFE
Science vs. religion
Some much-needed humour
Maybe what's doesn't exist, does exist?
“In the words of the late Francis Crick...You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. (13)”
“A bright light at the end of a tunnel can seem warm and inviting, or it can seem mysterious and terrifying. People of the world "all working on their arts and crafts" can seem like heaven or, if you're me, hell.”
“I am very much out of my element here. There are moments, listening to the conversations going on around me, when I feel I am going to lose my mind. Earlier today, I heard someone say the words, "I felt at one with the divine source of creation." Mary Roach on a conducted tour of Hades. I had to fight the urge to push back my chair and start screaming: STAND BACK! ALL OF YOU! I'VE GOT AN ARTHUR FINDLAY BOX CUTTER! Instead, I quietly excused myself and went to the bar, to commune with spirits I know how to relate to.”
“Instead, I quietly excused myself and went to the bar, to commune with spirits I know how to relate to.”
“Religion says that your soul goes to heaven or possibly to a seven-tiered garden, or that your soul is reincarnated into a new body, or that you lie around in your coffin clothes until the Second Coming. And, of course, only one of these can be true. Which means that for millions of people, religion will turn out to have been a bum steer as regards the hereafter. (13)”
― Mary Roach, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
Though familiar with the theory of infrasound - basically sound at a frequency too low for humans to hear can cause the experience of supernatural phenomenon - I was immensely intrigued to discover that a tiger's roar contains infrasound and some speculate that the fear we feel in the presence of infrasound is left over - and that is why we feel shaken and paralyzed in their presence - and the chances of escaping are reduced.
Spiritualist mediums also faked the extrusion of ectoplasm - through regurgitating acts and sheep lungs - very gory but direct truth. Ectoplasm was a very graphic topic to learn about - loads of hoaxes and cheating just for the purpose of fame and glory.