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If we were to accept the possibility of a disembodied
existence after death...... What must we believe about the
core of our identity?
That it is a non-physical soul or mind
Which modern view would this contradict?
Modern science.....how do we recognise each other in our
present form?
By our physical bodies.... Rooted in our physical DNA
If we are to accept disembodied existence as a coherent
concept then what assertion must we make about what
forms the key to our identity?
Our mental characteristics, perhaps our memory…read more

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Thought experiment
Story of the prince and the pauper
Woke up in each other's bodies
Had true memories of their previous existence
Hypothetically, if I was to leave my body I could
claim that I still existed, despite the death of my
body, if I could remember `being me' prior to
death ­ can you think of any potential
difficulties with this?
Chapter 3 50-51
What belief about life after death would Locke's
idea support? Explain.…read more

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Argued for the possibility that our mind may
survive the death of our body and exist in a
mental world
Likens the perceptions of the mind after
death to those we have in dreams ­ formed
by mental images and ideas
However, unlike dreams, these may be
shared by other minds in this post-death
world
Chapter 3 page 52
How does Hick criticise Price's idea? Explain
in your own words.…read more

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If we were to assume that the idea of disembodied
existence is coherent, how might we set out proving
such a phenomena?
What is one of the key problems with this approach?
NDE's
ESP and mediums…read more

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First documented by Dr Ray Moody
Studied various patients who claimed to have had out of
body experiences during traumatic operations
Found similarities between cases including some where
detailed descriptions of things within the room were
given that could not have been known by the unconscious
patient
Criticised by scientists, such as Susan Blackmore, believing
that these experiences were the result of chemical
reactions generated by the dying brain…read more

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