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Gordon Bermant & Paul Rozin | The Psychology of Soul and Afterlife

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Penn Museum

3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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The notion of the afterlife is as puzzling as it is necessary. While its existence satiates our existential dread of annihilation, we cannot grasp the position of the afterlife in relation to other forms of time and how the existence of one’s own afterlife relates to the afterlives of others. Some of the most powerful minds in history, from many cultures over many years and most religions, have developed elaborate accounts of life and afterlife, aiming to solve the puzzle and ease existential distress. And they are not alone—human beings have struggled for centuries to find meaning in their increasingly diverse world. Death challenges the meaningfulness of life, and the thought that some part of a person continues beyond death responds to the challenge. Our conception of a soul and afterlife soften the potentially paralyzing recognition of mortality. In their lecture, Gordon Bermant and Paul Rozin attempt to quantify the puzzle of the afterlife and its function as manifested in religion and psychology.

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More information:: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/psychology-soul-and-afterlife

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