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Death and the afterlife revision

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Hard Materialist: Thomas Hobbes

Only matter truly exists. The mind is just a special configuration of brain matter. There is no
problem of interaction because the whole process is physical.

Hard Materialist: Richard Dawkins

Dawkins see's religion as early scientific theory.

He views God as a way of explaining…

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Soft Materialist: John Hick

John Hick is a Theist and builds on Irenaeus' theodicy to make it more compatible with
science. Hick believes humans are made in the image of God, and have been given a unique
gift of freewill, which allows us to have experiences that will enable us…

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Soma: Body as a whole (including personality)

Sarx: Flesh and blood (physical body only)

Psyche: Emotions and sensations

Pneuma: Spirit, thought, spirituality, reason.

Nous: The thinking mind.

Plato believes in the law of opposition (everything has an opposite) death must come from
life, there is a continuous cycle of life…

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1. Traditional language divides inner and outer aspects of life (mental and bodily
2. Ryle said to describe the inner life, people often use bodily links and interactions
(heartbroken, headache etc).we speak of mental processes in a physical way.

These things constitute a category mistake, mistaking notions for something…

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Latent telepathy: transfer of information with a deferred time lag.

Precognitive telepathy: transfer of information about the future state of an individual's mind.

Zener Cards: cards marked with 5 distinct symbols. One individual sends the image and
another receives. To demonstrate telepathy the success rate must be repeatedly higher


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