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The possibility of the afterlife

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Is there a life after death? David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at the Bayern College of Medicine in Texas, has explored 40 very different and imaginative scenarios of what might happen next. He describes some of his suggestions, which range from God being a bacterium who is unaware of our existence, to an afterlife where we are surrounded only by people we met in our real lives.

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