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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    How can the self, the experiencer, be conscious? I am unable to discern any meaning to the question. To quote my full 13,000 review (has anyone actually read it??) "An immaterial substance or self by definition has intentionality and phenomenal consciousness. They are intrinsic to the self...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    I'm a bit confused. It's only Keith, the main contributor to this book, who (unsurprisingly) doesn't like my review in the comments.
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    Looks like they've changed the rules so that you need to have spent $50 in the past year at the specific branch of Amazon you wish to post a review. Looks like the rule change occurred shortly after posting my review. I was lucky. Surely one ought to be allowed to write a review if one has...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    I can't edit or submit any reviews on the American Amazon site now. The following link is relevant: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19312868-can-t-post-reviews-to-amazon-us
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    OK, getting a lot of negativity off Keith too, so decided to alter it to 2 stars and change the title. But it won't allow me!
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    Keith Augustine's contributions were of a higher standard than the others. If the authors contributions had been as good as Keith's I would have given it 2 stars.
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    It would be better if I weren't compelled to provide a rating. I'd rather people start reading my review without any preconceptions as to my eventual conclusion. In addition, when I read customer reviews on books regarding contentious topics like whether there's a "life after death" or not...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    It has nothing to do with being rude. It would be dishonest of me to give anything more than one star given what I think of the arguments contained within the book. Read my conclusion (it's the same conclusion in both 5,000 and 13,000 versions).
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    Incidentally, I put the shorter version of my review on Amazon (actually even shorter than my short version to fit into the 5,000 word limit). Keith Augustine, one of the editors and by far the most prolific contributor to this book, makes a few comments on my review...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    This seems to me to be all awfully confused. The soul can't be made of mental substance since they are one and the very same! I see the soul/self/mental substance all being one and the very same existent. And it's not made of anything since it has no parts. A substance is that which has...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    Yes I agree with this. Keith Augustine will also very much agree with this (he'll be reading this thread with interest, you can be sure of that). Nevertheless, it remains the case that science, as currently construed, limits itself to that which can be measured. So unless consciousness is...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    I should say that I agree it's the best argument which skeptics don't really seem to use much. I don't agree that it proves there's no soul as I hope I've made clear.
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    I agree! And it's something I specifically brought up with Keith Augustine in the comments section of Robert McLuhan's review of the book (I don't know where in the comments). I said the book never mentions anaesthesia, Keith claimed it does. Well, if it did, it was only the very vaguest...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    I don't know if I can. This is one of those few questions where I'm floundering. I reject the purpose of life is to make as much money as possible because it means nothing in the end. But I'm also leery with this suggestion that we're living this life to learn specific lessons in order to...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    An excellent succinct summary!
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