Also, I’m an atheist so I just want to hear some scientific explanations for the answer. Any other good resources to the answer might be helpful.
Lots happens after we die. We’re just not around to experience it.
Then why are you looking here? This is a forum to debate the existence of god/s, not a science text book. I’m a bit concerned about your question. It presumes something DOES happen.
You enter the same state that you experienced before you were conceived.
Well, in many instances there are expressions of sadness and loss by others, vulture funeral arrangers swoop in to get their cut, some semblance of ceremony usually takes place,
disposition of the body is dealt with, either through burial or cremation, and various methods of coping are instituted to help those having difficulties with the absence of a loved one.
Absent cremation, decomposition begins soon.
Without embalming, the body would begin to nourish other life forms through that decomposition in short order.
The impacts and influences one has on others often continues despite absence. This fact motivates some to believe that the person themselves still exists in the “ether” or some such… since memories remain for the survivors, that manifestation of a person continues to exist, as long as the memories do.
There has never been any evidence presented which conclusively demonstrates anything “after we die”. Since we have no examples of life after death or consciousness absent a functioning brain, there is no reason to believe that anything “happens”. The time to believe there is something else would be when good evidence is presented.
The default position has to be withholding belief, absent evidence in support of a claim.
For me, I find it staggeringly arrogant to think that I will continue on somehow, as if I am deserving of even more than the amazing and marvelous series of events that led to my existence in this fragile old body…
While some, apparently, have a hard time accepting mortality, I find it has given life even more meaning and value, knowing it is finite.
Edit: Elvis has left the building
Your body is typically broken into pieces and consumed by other living organisms. Presumably, there is no mystery or controversy about this.
No one knows. Best evidence appears to suggest, “All brain functions stop.” you are your brain functions. Ergo, you stop. This would be my best guess. Poetically, I like the idea of all my atoms returning to the universe from which I came. We are the stuff of stars. I find that amazing. I am the universe. Like a very famous puddle, I appeared in a space that happened to be there where I could appear. I pretended I was special, and it was made for me. Until I was no more.
Wait…do you mean that you pretended it was made for you, or you only pretended you were special, but it was made for you?
Perhaps you indeed thought you were special and doing so made it happen ex post fac-to?
Edit to switch chicken with egg
Or perhaps, I thought I was not special and in so doing made it happen, ended up just being a speck of human existence (whatever that is) in the unimaginable vastness of all that is. (Have you ever noticed how ‘limiting’ a ‘god thing’ concept actually is?)
What happens after I die? That’s an easy question with an obvious answer. I instantly become debt free.
(Edit to max out my credit card.)
When you weren’t alive, before you were born I mean, what was it like?
For me it left no impression at all, so I’d need to see some compelling evidence that when my brain eventually dies, as it must, that I will experience anything at all after that.
Oh, and welcome to AR by the way.