This essay means to accomplish two things. First, I want to debunk philosophical materialism. This can be easily done using a drastic modification of an old Thomas Aquinas argument. Second I aim to prove that reincarnation occurs:
There cannot be an infinite series of conditioned realities. A conditioned reality is a reality which is dependent on other things (component parts) for its existence. A hydrogen atom is a conditioned reality, because protons and electrons must exist for hydrogen atoms to exist. Since matter cannot be infinitely small, and since an atom does not have an infinite number of component parts, there must be an ultimate bottom to the component layers--an unconditioned reality. Also, since each component layer is completely dependent on the layer beneath it there must be an unconditioned reality to give rise to the component layers for the same reason that an infinite series of zeros does not add up to one. I have no reason to believe this ultimate reality is merciful, loving, or angry. However, I believe that because of this unconditioned reality it may be possible for the patterns of our consciousness to be uploaded to this essence, this unconditioned reality, and replicated in other parts of the cosmos. Given an infinite set of possible scenarios this seems at least probable. Evidence for this possible process lies in the fact that particles may "pop into and out of existence." It is not logically coherent to say that particles ACTUALLY cease to exist then come back into existence. Many aspects of the universe are counterintuitive, but this does not mean the universe works in a way that is logically incoherent. Particles unform into the essence, then the essence re-forms them later. This debunks materialism, because the essence is not a material form of reality, since all material forms of reality are made of component parts. And since this essence actively sustains the cosmos, it is God.
But what about reincarnation? Well, imagine a scenario: One thousand years from now, somewhere else, there is someone who is exactly like you down to the atom. Is that person you? Also, consider that my baseline consciousness is very much like yours. And the baseline consciousness of a newborn baby is the same as that of any other healthy newborn. All newborns have the same instincts and cannot articulate what they know. Given this (and since the mind is one’s identity) a newborn baby today may actually be the same newborn baby that lived 1,000 years ago. The newborn baby would develop differently but would still be someone who lived 1,000 years ago. No matter how much a person changes he can only become himself.
But this puzzle gets more interesting. Back in 2001 I smoked a little too much marijuana and hallucinated. I saw many things but one thing stuck out in my mind: a horn hung between two fires. It occurs to me now that there are only two logical choices given hallucinations: Either the image was invented by the brain or it was remembered. While the other images were wild and derived from things I had heard that day, the horn hung between two fires seemed both more mundane and more profoundly spiritual as well as unusual.
Since materialism is false it might be that this image is actually a memory. That is possible at this point. Dr. Oliver Sacks said that when dementia patients hallucinate they often see stereotypical images that correlate to a certain part of the brain. For instance, certain patients see deformed teeth or bugs crawling on their skin. So in this case the images would be projected (or invented) by the brain. But why do bug and teeth images reside in certain parts of the brain? So is the image of a horn hung between two fires inherited?
Given these considerations I think it is absolutely the case that reincarnation does occur.