i’ve alwaye had a problem with this argument that nothing is lost or wasted therefore consciousness doesn’t die with the body. i’m not saying that i know or feel certain that consciousness dies with the body, in fact i would throw my money in with the idea that consciousness does somehow continue to exist after body death. however. the argument is dumb. here is why:
take a glass cup and drop it on the floor. it shatters. so where is the “cup”? does it still exist somehow in cup heaven?
no. the glass particles continue to exist but as fragmented pieces with no cup-form. the cup is a higher order emergent property, a more complex and dependent form. that form can be destroyed while the underlying elements remain.
so i always thought of this as an analogy for consciousness; conscious is a higher order emergent form, begotten by continually presiding and VERY complex dynamic interactions between neurological networks. from that view, the body can die and the neurons themselves still exist, but the activity inside the neurons is reduced to near-meaninglessness with respect to what consciousness means and is at the neurological level. the mind can be dropped and shatter, literally cease to exist just like the cup.
i’m not saying this is necessarily how consciousness works and again i have reason to suspect that consciousness or something of it does persist body death. however, my counter argument still needs to be addressed, because i believe that it refutes the typical argument of “nothing is ever wasted or lost” that supposedly demonstrates consciousness persisting after body death. in fact the cup is indeed wasted and lost when it shatters; in fact, things are always being wasted and vanishing. it’s just how reality works. it’s why there can even exist s selection mechanism like natural selection.