Bryon Ehlmann
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
The theory of a natural eternal consciousness (NEC) states that human consciousness is not extinguished with death but is instead imperceptibly paused. That is, from the perspective of the dying person, with death the last conscious moment of their last experience becomes imperceptibly timeless and deceptively eternal. And, if that experience is a vision, dream, or near-death experience (NDE) and perceived as an afterlife, then the NEC is a natural afterlife. A previous article by this author discusses this NEC theory in detail. This article, an addendum, provides a brief overview of the theory and these enhancements: an easier to grasp definition of the syntax for the NEC notation, which is used to formally define the NEC and natural afterlife; foremost, added NEC notation to now formally define the eventually timeless natural afterlife (etna), which is an event-filled afterlife that concludes, possibly in optimal eternal happiness, with the timeless natural afterlife; more focus on theory validity—its verification before death, the probability of falsification falling to 0% as neurological testing moves ever closer to death, and the role of self-awareness; and, lastly, a new diagram that summarizes the relationships among all terms associated with the NEC.
Keywords death and dying  natural eternal consciousness (NEC) theory  natural afterlife  etna  eta principle  afterlife
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