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Let's say that for the sake of this argument there is no Heaven or Hell, and there is no life after death. What would it feel like to be nonexistent once you died? You couldn't see black, white, or any color because your dead brain can't process colors, so what would you see? You can't really compare death to before your birth, because even though you were nonexistent in both cases, before you were born you didn't know any better, you just arrived in the world one day. But when you die, you know about life, and you have so many experiences, how is this all processed? How is it even possible to feel completely nothing? It is beyond human comprehension, there is no simple way to describe what you feel like when you die. Any comments or explanations?

asked Jul 12 '11 at 14:34

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You must exist in order to feel. Therefore, if you do not exist, you feel nothing.

answered Jul 13 '11 at 02:32

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Furthermore, there is no "you" at all.

(Apr 11 '13 at 23:14) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image

Yep, if anyone has had an operation and been put to sleep then it's just like that. One minute you put the mask on, you try to fight the sleep and then instantly you wake up in a hospital with painkillers swimming in your brain going "oh, it's done"

Normal death is the bit in-between when you have no idea you are being operated on and have no idea (when you wake) of how long you were out.

People who drink far too much and blackout experience something similar and so do coma patients (though they say some of them have types of dreams).

When you fall asleep on a long journey and don't dream and 'suddenly' you wake up. You often have no idea how long you were out and have no idea what happened in-between falling asleep and being awake.

I've tried to recall anything when I don't dream and it's always the same. Sleep then awake or sleep, dream (concious of being asleep) then awake.

But don't dwell on it too much as you'd never live otherwise.

answered Jul 12 '11 at 16:32

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Who's the "you" you're talking about in the 'after death situation'? If there's no "you" to process, then there's no "you" to see. If there's no "you" to process, then there's no "you" to remember. If there's something that sees, smells, experiences after a body stopped to operate in the world as we know it, then what is that, and what capabilities does that have?

To me that's 'consciousness' - operates in line with a body as long as it's there, and connects to the whole when the body ceases to exist. :-)

answered Jul 12 '11 at 17:16

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Jeroen van Zelst

Well if it were just plain nonexistence you would not be able to think, feel, or well anything you would be the most dead you could get. It would be so nothing that blackness doesn't even describe it.

answered Jul 13 '11 at 00:07

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snack pack88

we are energy .... we are born with energy live with energy die with energy and it begins all over again

answered Jul 13 '11 at 03:22

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Dark Avenger

I agree with you.

(Aug 07 '12 at 00:35) TheAnnoyingLife TheAnnoyingLife's gravatar image

To be honest I've absolutely no idea what it is like to not exist. It's such a weird thing to think about. I wish evolution didn't make us so darn smart! I bet no other animal has this problem of pondering! It's probably really simple but it's out of our comprehension, maybe we are too logical for our own good! I take some comfort that it will happen to everyone. I get scared about it more than the average joe - I know fully the meaning of ignorance is bliss!

answered Aug 06 '12 at 12:56

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I used to be afraid of death, but now I'm not afraid anymore. As a young child, whenever someone would bring up death, I would view death with so much disgust. Now, I just look at death as being a part of life and a reason as to why one should not live a mediocre life.

answered Aug 07 '12 at 00:38

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I would say it would be like a dream, except that you were dreaming nothing, and your senses were dulled even more. Just kind of a "I am here, and that is all there is to it" type feeling.

answered Jul 12 '11 at 14:53

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I don't think you feel anything or have any concious or unconscious thoughts or experiences...

You're dead, simple.

Just what I believe.

answered Jul 12 '11 at 14:56

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you just shutdown....like a computer without electricty...you don't do nothing,you can't feel nothing...

answered Jul 12 '11 at 15:08

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