Reincarnation and philosophy, thought I'd introduce a bit more thought provoking blogs around here
I've been philosophically distant recently due to life being busy and cars fucking dying, but I felt I had to get this off my chest, not sure why.
Reincarnation is of course a very common notion these days. People want to believe they will live forever for some reason passing from this life to the next being punished or rewarded for any past decisions they may make in their current life. Seeing as i'm a fatalist I think that's all a load of tripe about reward for decisions as you don't have any choice in the matter in the first place. However I'll leave my fatalist ramblings out of this one as much as possible as it would just serve to make my argument appear overwhelmingly convoluted.
A quick note for any non-philosophers that are reading this, metaphysics is the study of what underpins our reality, in science it is things like quantum physics but in philosophy it is mostly based around concrete particulars and universals. A universal is something that can be applied across the board, i.e there is one ultimate representation of all tables metaphysically, or one ultimate representation of love if you want to be more abstract. Concrete particulars basically define everything as individual and that each instance in life is actually completely unique metaphysically; two things are similar but never the same.
Now how does all this relate to my musings on reincarnation? Well this is how I view reincarnation as a metaphysical possibility. If we are all constituent of concrete particulars which make up our 'being' then essentially these concrete particulars will dissipate when we shuffle off this mortal coil in the same way that atoms do. However if we consider that these concrete particulars could be infinite in their existence we can use this to justify the old 'soul' definition. When all these concrete particulars come into a certain formation they create a conscious individual and because they are infinite particles they are in essence immortal. Hence we are theoretically made up of immortal particles always possible to reform into ourselves. Our 'consciousness' is possibly just an epiphenomena
of such a formulation.
When we die all of this formulation dissipates into the universe. However it is viable that due to the localisation of atoms it is not impossible that given enough time all of these concrete particulars could reformulate into the same person, just not necessarily with the same appearance of course. The only question that is then really left to cover in my view is that how would we have any memory of a past life? In my eyes this is simple as well. If we look at cellular memory we could apply it to concrete particulars in that they contain portions of our memories. These portions could be a lot more intricate than our own knowledge of cellular memory though, due to the theoretical possibility of them being more advanced (they are infinite after all).
All of this then resolves itself into the possibility of reincarnation with the outcome of traditional theological ideas being obliterated. Unlike tradtional theology we are not constantly conscious we simply blip in and out of existence depending on when our set of concrete particulars are aligned in a certain manner. There is of course a fatalism here in my opinion but if we put that aside then, one person could only ever have one life whereas another could have many depending on the likelihood of their metaphysical makeup rejoining over time.
With all this considered I can see how reincarnation is theoretically possible once you have stripped away the traditional mythologies based in theology. Of course if there is any point in all of this I have no idea, whatever it is we're all determined anyway