Bikewer;4386747....I would say that my viewpoint would be almost diametrically opposed, point for point, to JumJum's well written post....
Which offends or rankles me not in the least.
Yes, this is not an imponderable question, and who knows how many billions of words have been uttered in discussing it. But it certainly is the ultimate "unknowable" one, in that an objective answer is impossible. None of us will truly know anything until we breath our earthly last...if then.
The only thing I feel safe in saying is, if upon death we retain any kind of consciousness at all, our transition will astound us by how incomplete, short-sighted, limited, petty and just plain wrong were all our concepts, regardless of what they were. ;)
Bikewer, are you active in the Infidels forum?
I believe that one should always value the opinions and viewpoints of other people.
I've looked at that one, and have it bookmarked, but haven't signed up yet. I spend a lot of time on the James Randi Foundation board, and also on the Richard Dawkins board.
JumJum: It's always struck me that the worst thing about my point of view is that if I'm right, I don't get to say "Nyaa, Nyaa, told ya so!"