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Consciousness, Death, Soul, and Sikhi: Scientifically Interconnected with each other
Devinder Singh Chahal
For thousands of years, consciousness, death, and soul have been studied by philosophers. Consciousness refers to the awareness of unique thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations, and environments in humans. Stopping of heartbeat and breathing was considered the cause of death. On the other hand, it was considered that all functions of life are controlled by the soul so much so that thinking, and emotion are also controlled by it. Death was caused when the soul leaves the body. However, the latest research indicates that the irreversible loss of consciousness is the cause of death. Scientific discoveries indicate that consciousness, neuroscience, and death are interconnected with each other. However, the soul has got nothing to do with consciousness or death. This paper discusses that there are great similarities found between scientific knowledge and Sikhi (philosophy in the Sikh Holy scriptures) about consciousness, death, and soul. This indicates that the interconnectedness between consciousnesses and death has been long acknowledged in Sikhi even before the time of science.
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