Facts and current scientific Theories:
- The Universe as we know it, is not eternally in a steady state but constantly changing..
- All current humans are of the same race descended from a small group of survivors in Africa between 195,000 and 123,000 years ago
- Awareness, consciousness and memory are brain functions.
- The person you are, is formed by your memory.
The universe, as observed to day, is not in an eternally lasting steady state. It expands until it dies or pulses from big bang expansion to eventually contract again.
The Great Spirit originally was based on the air we breathe, the obvious life force we need and we cannot live without. The individual spirit, a small part of the Great Spirit, enters the baby upon birth and leaves the body upon death. I found that this concept is wide spread throughout many religions, indicating a common origin before the small surviving tribe started spreading throughout the world and eventually became the only human race which has not faced extinction as did many other human species such as the Cro-Magnons, Neanderthalers, Homo Floresiensis, Homo Heidelbergensis and Homo Erectus.
Conclusion: Spirit (Soul) was a natural force, not a supernatural one, which it later became because of speculation not based on real observations.
Neuroscience has now determined that awareness, consciousness, and memory are brain functions. We are conscious of ourselves because of memory. We observe the fact that when the brain deteriorates (Alzheimer’s), memories deteriorate and awareness of “self” slowly disappears. In brain injuries, resulting in total permanent amnesia, a person does not remember his/her previous “self” which is now dead, but has to start building a new self awareness. Also discovered is that memory is not infallible but can be changed by confabulation, false memories, hallucination, mental disorders, drugs and many other causes, as many researchers have shown and therefor memory is not reliable. Conclusion: Brain dead, the "self" is dead. No imaginary continuing awareness exists. An afterlife is an unwarranted speculation.
These facts and observations are outlined and referenced in my book “Why You Won’t Go to Hell” (google it)
My theory is the conclusion that since the supernatural is pure speculation which distorts the original meaning of a natural phenomenon, the atmosphere, the supernatural is a fantasy and is not a valid “theory” . That the “self” dies when the brain dies, while the existence of an afterlife in an eternal steady-state universe, is also pure speculation and belongs in the category of fiction. Proofs of an afterlife or spiritual alternate awareness state, as proposed by some (NDE's etc.), are already debunked and found wanting by current respectable neuroscience research.
I welcome criticism and corrections if they are based on real observations and facts. Just denial and speculations will just be ignored.