I started out as a science-minded, atheistic, mechanistic materialist looking for immortality. I held that the human body was nothing more than a vast subatomic matrix of elementary particles. As such, I studied particle physics in University to better prepare myself for future endeavours.

However, soon afterward, I became disillusioned with all the dubious scientific premises which were being taught. For example, “all that has been seen, is all that can exist.”

In those days, the Philosophy of Science was considered an oxymoron and unworthy of debate at my institution, so there was little reason to stay in academia. Consequently, I began to study particle physics and immortality on my own.

By the age of twenty-five, everything abruptly changed for me. One morning, I encountered a garden-variety, near-death experience, which caused me for the first time in my life to doubt my atheistic beliefs. I never considered the possibility that a consciousness might be able to live on, outside of a brain, and that the mind might be non-analogous—like the concept of infinity.

Before too long, I began to study Christian Theology for the first time. This was largely due to the Bible’s attention-grabbing references to God’s gift of eternal life for all his believers. After all, immortality was the prize that I had been anxiously trying to locate for years. I was eager to investigate these biblical pronouncements, with the intent of assessing their validity—whether true or false.

As it happened, this process became increasingly philosophical. In many ways, I found myself drawn into various discussions during my studies. However, over time, I became displeased with the level of heat, rather than light that was simmering within the Creationism vs. Evolution debate. I wanted to get past the old discourse and concentrate on a wider philosophical journey of discovery.

To date, my findings turned out to be much stranger than I ever expected, because even my detours had detours. Nevertheless, I am delighted with my present results, which I have detailed in the second edition of my book titled, What Has Ultimate Relevance?

Beyond a certain depth level, nonfiction really is stranger than fiction.

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Mark Plain

Philosopher, futurist, author, artist, teacher and lecturer.