The Belief Of Immortality Essay

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There were no real evidence on the existence of an everlasting life. Humans have never went to this extent because of aging and diseases that cause death. The reason why people are desperately aiming for an eternal is fear of the death, more especially the unknown of what comes next. That fear triggers many to believe there must be an upcoming of events right after death. However, this suggests that there is no evidence of immortality, but it is a set of belief created by mankind to reassure death, and many philosophers such as David Hume disapproved it.
There are two phenomenon that many scientists are still looking for a better explanation. the out-of-body experiment (OBE) and near-death experience (NDE). Though they seem similarly alike, they have one thing on common: the infinite experience with the soul. There are many cases in which individuals have went through such experiment. However, the problem lies when there is no scientific evidence, but only proclaims and witnesses. Can such facts be considered as an evidence? One study has been made in 2001 on the NDE. A 23 year-old singer, Pam Reynolds had died during an operation (BBC Web). Her observation of the after-life had left many questions scientists about its existence, however nothing proves if such thing happened or it could simply be the subject is experiencing a hallucination or a dream (Clark Web). Recent research ''shows that different parts of the brain are more likely responsible for out-of-body experience and near-death experiences''(Clark Web).

Many philosophers will disapprove immortality. One of the philosophers, David Hume, explain his theory about miracles. In his argument, he explains with an example of a balance in which one pan represent with the most strongest signs of miracles happened in a short lifespan, and the other, in a slow but consecutive life, the law of nature. It is been said that regardless of all the accumulated miracles happened in life, it will never surpass the law of nature (Fieser Web) . Death is linked to the law of nature which explains that all human will eventually taste death. Nevertheless, many want miracles to happen and this increases the rate of false proclaims. Humes defined four factors that prove its improbability in his essay ''Of Miracles'' from the Enquiry. One of the factors is that humans ''naturally inclined to enjoy sensational stories, and this has us uncritically perpetuate miracle accounts'' (Fieser Web). This explains the birth of many legends including the Fountain of Youth are made for the only purpose of the sensation that derives from it and the belief of such existence. However, he concludes with an argument that is the most definite explanation as to why people still believe of an eternal life: faith. He said that ''whoever is moved by Faith to assent to it, is conscious of a continued miracle in his own person, which subverts all the principles of his understanding, and gives him a determination to believe...

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