I guess that I'll just input that I've heard a few anti-creationists say how they might think it possible that a kind of "reincarnation" might be plausible, but not in the regular ways proposed by certain religions, but in ways that we can't necessarily comprehend; after all, why were we given a first "identity" in the first place? I'm still not sure what they mean. But I can say that atheism doesn't always mean belief in a infinitely voided afterlife...AFAIK.
I don't outrightly believe that -NOTHING- occurs, but on the same note, I've never seen any proof of anything occuring, suppose I'd be agnostic in that respect.
I don't believe in any deities, higher powers or anything like that, but when my Poppa passed, he visited my Nana frequently. She wasn't crazy, didn't have dementia, wasn't spiritual, but she was visited by him, and I believe her. I don't know what that means, and I won't pretend to either.
So as to not poison my response I have only read the first two posts.
Depending upon the surrounding conditions: my body will either rot or be preserved (natural mummification is a possiblity). Once my brain breaks down I will cease to exist as a conscious entity, though approximate copies of me may live on in the memories of those still living. My body will decompose and the nutrients will be recycled. I will eventually be forgotten, like the billions of others before me. I can be happy that the nutrients of my body will nourish future life to come and I can hopefully give back the atoms I loaned for my brief existence in the universe.
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In Buddhism we hold that the retributive process of karma goes on for more than one life. It's known as Samsara. It is the process of being born over and over again in different times, perhaps infinitely. Only when Karma is realised, it ends the cessation of rebirth and ends the suffering.
A common way of putting this is to imagine the entire world as an ocean, and we are all ripples. Due to winds, tides... a wave may seem an individual entity creating some illusion that is has self or purpose, but it is gone in the next moment. It is water motion. This process can be compared to life. The up and down motion of the sea is no different from the wheel of life, surging, falling and resurging.
And thusly applying the Laplacian operator to ourselves yields our second time derivative up to some constant multiple that is the inverse of the square of our wave speed.
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About Karma: Nobody knows for sure what they did in the 'past life' however, and how that's guiding their 'present life'. So the whole thing becomes meaningless, for, if you don't even know what you were and what you did in the previous life, how is it going to help you learn from your mistakes and become a better person in this life?
It's not really about keeping score. You basically just use the teachings as a guideline for this life. Using the water matephor basically look at it like sticking your finger in a pool of water at one specific point. The ripples you make will be small in comparison to the tide but it does make difference... if small.
Disclaimer: I'm not Buddhist but I enjoy some of the philosophy of Buddhism. I wouldn't say I "believe" in reincarnation or Karma but I find them to be interesting concepts.