If evolution is true, then is it possible for the human mind to evolve, to become independent of the brain after death?

11 Answers

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Many religions teach that a person does continue to live after biological death. The mind as we know it is a function of the brain, and therefore cannot continue to exist apart from the organ that produces it. However, many believe that there is another level, or form, of consciousness that is a function of our spiritual identity as opposed to our biological identity.

  • 2 months ago

    Evolution is incremental --- the result in the change of a few DNA base pairs at most.  There's no way to change a few DNA base pairs and entirely change the physical basis of an organism.

  • 2 months ago

    The theory of evolution deals with the physical world, not with la-dee-dah, unobservable and unprovable speculations.

  • 2 months ago

    Short answer, no.   Everything we know about the mind indicates it needs a living brain to exist. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Evolution IS true.  There is no "IF" involved.

    The mutations or adaptations that would have the effect you describe would be unlikely to develop.  If the mind becomes independent of a physical matrix then there would be no further reproduction and survival of the fittest doesn't work in a non-reproductive environment.

  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Of course not - do you see any zombie brains oozing their way around town??


    all religions are false.

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It already is. The soul survives death. People who have survived near death experiences often report that they met and talked to deceased relatives.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Evolution must adhere to the laws of nature. For example, evolution cannot defy gravity and is constrained by it. That is why a heavy bird like the ostrich cannot fly, since the laws of physics require too much power for an ostrick to fly, power that the ostrich body cannot produce because of the laws of physics and chemistry. Our mind is the result of what is happening in our brain. Therefore there is no way our mind can evolve to be independent of our brain. In some ways, humans have evolved to be free of our brains. For example, we invented speech, which allows information stored in our brains to be transmitted to people we will never meet, and then we invented writing, which makes it possible to communicate with people who are born thousands of years after the writer has passed away. That information is stored in our brain and it could have been lost without speech or writing.

  • 2 months ago


    o Does it improve reproductive success of the individual?  (NO)

    o Does it improve reproductive success of the group?  (Probably not.)

    o Is there a biological pathway to this kind of advance?  (NO)

    So this isn't a biological evolution kind of thing.

    What you're looking for is "human emulation software."

    We don't make computers and software that work that way right now.  This is a "massive parallel" at the trillion level.

  • Ted K
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You question implies that you think the human mind becoming independent of the brain is a necessary prediction of evolution.  That would make no sense, so it's unclear why you would think that.

    In fact, having a mind is absolutely dependent on having a more or less normally functioning BRAIN.  The two cannot be separated.

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