I'm not sure how to explain this question but I'll give it a try.
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When we are conceived and then born as an infant, I assume most of you would agree that that newborn has a completely clean slate as far as identity. And of dealing with this new burst of "awareness." We, through our life experiences, become the unique individuals we are today. We have a firm sense of "self."
As atheists we know an afterlife does not exist. We meet the same fate as any other organism on the planet. We die. Our bodies die. Our brains; filled with a lifetime of experiences and memories, dies. All that we were ceases to exist. And "We" return to that void of non-existance from which we were temporarily plucked 70 or 80 years earlier for a bright yet brief ride
Here's the question...
Do you think "You" will ever know consciuosness again?
Knowing that your consciousness will cease to exist upon your death, have any of you given thought to the possibility of some other organism, in some other galaxy, perhaps in some other universe and in some other time MIGHT develop a consciousness in which "You" will once again be aware? I realize it wouldn't be "Us." But just as we were thrust into this reality from seeming nothingness, would this occurance be possible again? Perhaps an infinate amout of times? Could "We" suddenly spark into another existence at some point spontaneously like we did withour life here?
In asking this question of all of you, my intent is to not to equate it with traditional views on reincarnation. I'm looking at this from a purely scientific standpoint. Nothing mystical involved.