Afterlife

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1. Things are said to exist if they are verified. For example, neutrinos are verified (barely) by observation.

2. Things have the possibility of existing if they are verifiable in principle (the red dress Cleopatra may have worn on her 20th birthday could have been verified, in principle, by her or by those present at her birthday party).

3. Things do not exist if they are not verifiable, even in principle (a ball that is all red and all blue does not exist because it is a self-contradiction and not verifiable, even in principle).

4. Consciousness before death exists, because it is being verified now (you are conscious, for example, of this proof).

5. Consciousness is a private phenomenon which is only verifiable by the person who has it. This is why it can only be inferred that animals, who cannot speak, have awareness.

6. Consciousness after death may exist, because it could be verified, in principle, by the subject himself, post mortem, if consciousness after death exists.

7. The case that "no consciousness after death exists" does not exist, because it is not verifiable, even in principle, since verification requires the consciousness of the deceased.

8. If the case that "no consciousness after death exists" does not exist (7), and if its negation, that "consciousness after death exists" is not ruled out (6), then consciousness after death must exist, by the rule "if not non-A then A."

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