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  1. #1 Is some science kept alive just to comfort people? 
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    About a year ago, I attended a conference that covered various issues, including life after death. There was a brief history of belief about life after death, which has of course existed for centuries. It was then mentioned that there was a time when most philosophers and scientists decided that there couldn't be life after death, as it defied all logic. However, apparently there are many people who now believe that with out of body experiences, and some mildly confusing quantum, that life after death is still a possibility, and are looking for more evidence. It just got me thinking, if this was another issue, something that hadn't been believed for hundreds of years, would people still be so desperate to keep it alive? It seems a bit like clutching at straws to me.


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    I don't really understand your thread title. What's the science connection?


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    As in people looking for a scientific evidence for life after death
    The wise man believes half of what he reads. If he knew which half to believe, he'd be a much wiser man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Incoming Dessert
    As in people looking for a scientific evidence for life after death
    Any scientist who is doing this is probably on his own, not supported by any major grant or establishment, and is probably unpublished. In other words, science as a community certainly isn't on a quest to find evidence for life after death.
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    @ OP: Isn't this question equally perfect for the religious spectrum as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paralith
    science as a community [...]
    When you begin to weigh things by democracy where science is concerned, it stops being science. The search for an afterlife can be scientific, but it can also be considered illogical. There is a difference.
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