From (superficial) reading about this subject I am a Physicalist (our consciousness doesn’t exist without our brain)
I am trying to keep an open mind about Mind–body dualism but I find it difficult because of the following:
- Continuity of our subjective consciousness (self) after death cannot be confirmed and/or proven in any way (scientifically, logically, etc.)
- Non-continuity of our consciousness before birth can be confirmed - we are not aware of any previous existence - 0 previous knowledge
- Even if our consciousness will continue to exist after death, in another realm, or part of a Single Universal Consciousness, if somehow it becomes “reset” before the next life, there is no awareness of previous experience or the history that affected it in one way or another. We perceive our life as new (bound to make the same mistakes as before)
The other similar states like sleep, coma, cryonics (cryopreservation), anesthesia, etc, are all temporary interruptions of consciousness, but despite the time loss, our consciousness picks up where it left off - we carry our history (identity) for life, relatively continuously
End of life on the other hand is a complete and irreversible process (related to our consciousness)
So, even if there is another non-physical consciousness after death, how is it relevant or beneficial to the self? What am I missing that makes it so hard for me to consider dualism even a remote possibility, and only accept physicalism as the only option?