The Dead — Where Are They? 2 Scientific Answer

The Scientific Answer

The Man of Science also has an answer. He takes man as he finds him, and, after many years examination of living beings and study of practical anatomy in the dissecting room, admits that as yet he knows little or nothing about Life and Death.

The following extract from ”The Hospital” quoted in The Age. Melbourne, Jan. 2, 1009, shows the present position of Medical Science in regard to our question:

—  “We know neither what Life is, nor what Death is. nor how nor why the one passes into the other. This is not for want of guessing, for many centuries and much hard thinking have been devoted to this business in the realm of pure speculation. But these speculations have not advanced us a whit, and even now, when the sacrosanct problem of Life has long since been impounded by biologists and submitted to the cold contemplation of science, we are forced to confess that the secret remains remarkably well hidden. Though much has been learnt of the processes attending Life, and of the conditions governing its continuance or conclusion, what in essence it is, how it begins and what determines the gradual failure which we call senescence, on these matters we are still pretty thoroughly in the dark. ‘Radiobcs.’ the putative examples of a spontaneous generation under the influence of radium emanations, have had their day. and have left us what we were, unexplained examples of the first and greatest mystery that man has encountered —- Life.”

The mission of Science is the acquisition of exact knowledge. In his search for accurate information, the Scientist is supposed to take nothing for granted; though, as we have seen, the student of the evolution theory has not always adhered to this maxim. Up to now, the Scientist is not able to agree with the Philosopher’s answer to our question, because he cannot find anything to show that mind is capable of acting without an organism. Cases of injury to the skull are continually being dealt with in hospitals. If the patient be brought in unconscious, he knows nothing at all until consciousness is restored, and the time of unconsciousness is to him a perfect blank. The surgeon, by raising depressed bone and thus relieving pressure on certain parts of the brain, has sometimes been able to restore memory, and even identity, which for a long period had been lost. By the same benevolent use of the knife, vicious and destructive persons have been transformed, as though miraculously, into kind and gentle beings, who would not think of injuring others. These and related facts prevent the Physician from adopting the Philosopher’s answer to our question; and as the Physician’s careful studies teach him nothing about resuscitation of those whose organisms have returned to the original dust, he is at present inclined to see nothing better than what the Atheist points out. This is not strange; for Science knows nothing beyond what is comprehensible by sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. The Scientist, therefore, while he lays us under obligation for much information that is both interesting and valuable, cannot help us to a conclusive answer to our question about, the Dead.

— Isaac Watts

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Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: De doden – Waar zijn ze? 2 Wetenschappelijk Antwoord

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