Natural Eternal Consciousness
With Bryon K. Ehlmann
By Samantha Skelton
Bryon Ehlmann offers expansive food-for-thought for every individual by sharing his thoughts and experiences across the realms of computer science, academia, and the profound mysteries of consciousness.
Bryon is a distinguished retired computer science professor from Tallahassee, Florida, who embarked on a remarkable journey from industry research to, later in life, a fulfilling career as a professor.
With a rich background in computer science, and a dream that changed his way of thinking, Bryon began to explore the worlds of psychology, religion, and the nature of human existence.
In this conversation, we explore his remarkable journey, the inspiration behind his book "A Natural Afterlife Discovered," and the thought-provoking implications of his groundbreaking NEC (Natural Eternal Consciousness) theory.
Where did you grow up, and what did you start out studying as a young adult?
I was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri, a picturesque town just outside of bustling St. Louis. My journey into academia and the world of computer science began early.
As a young adult, I embarked on a path of curiosity, seeking knowledge and understanding. It was a journey that ultimately led me to explore the intricate relationship between science, consciousness, and the human experience.
I got my bachelor's, master’s, and PhD in computer science. After getting my master’s, I spent 12 years in industry as a software engineer doing research and development in database management systems.
I got my PhD later in life, when I was 43. I was motivated to do so after enjoying a five-year stint as an assistant professor at a small liberal arts college.
You mentioned going into academia and transitioning to a career as a professor. Could you tell us more about that journey?
Certainly. My transition from industry to academia marked a significant turning point in my professional life. At the university level, I spent twenty-five fruitful years teaching and conducting research in software engineering and database management systems.
This period instilled in me a deep appreciation for the complexities of computer science, but it also sowed the seeds of my eventual shift towards a different path.
How did your academic career evolve?
For three decades, I had the privilege of educating and inspiring young minds in the ever-evolving field of computer science.
However, as the pace of technological advancement continued to accelerate, I began to feel the weight of keeping up with the rapid changes. This burden eventually prompted my early retirement at the age of 63.
Being theoretically and philosophically minded, I yearned for a new intellectual adventure, one that would take me beyond the confines of computer technicalities.
How did the idea for your book, "A Natural Afterlife Discovered: The Newfound, Psychological Reality That Awaits Us at Death," come to you?
The genesis of my book can be traced back to a singular and peculiar moment in late 2012. I experienced a dream, one of those vivid and otherworldly dreams that leave you in a state of contemplation upon waking.
This particular dream aroused in me a profound question: "What would happen if I didn't wake up?" It was a question that lingered in my thoughts, challenging the very essence of our understanding of life, death, and consciousness.
Could you provide some more specifics about how you went about proving your theory?
Delving into the heart of my theory, it's imperative to comprehend its foundational principles.
At its core, the "Natural Eternal Consciousness" or NEC theory posits that when an individual passes away, they will remain unaware that their last conscious moment (and thus experience) has ended, unless a supernatural afterlife exists.
If this final experience is a near-death experience (NDE), a timeless natural afterlife may result.
To substantiate this theory, I embarked on a rigorous journey of research and analysis. Drawing on my systems analysis skills and insights from cognitive science, NDEs, and dreams, I conducted extensive investigations and crafted a hypothesis.
This hypothesis was subjected to rigorous deductive scrutiny, leading to its substantiation. The resulting theory presented in my book stands as a scientific explanation, akin to the theory of natural selection in evolution.
Could you elaborate on the theory's impact and some of its main points?
The impact of the NEC theory is multi-faceted and profound. Beyond its scientific merit, it carries implications that resonate deeply with the human experience. One of the theory's central tenets is the concept of eternal self-awareness, challenging conventional beliefs about the finality of death.
This unique perspective introduces the notion of accountability extending beyond our earthly existence. It posits that individuals may carry a sense of self beyond the mortal realm, potentially deterring rash decisions like suicide.
Studies have suggested that individuals who believe in an abrupt end to consciousness may be more prone to suicidal tendencies. By contrast, the NEC theory encourages reflection on the potential continuation of consciousness.
Has writing this book made you less afraid of death personally?
My personal perspective on death is shaped by my faith as a liberal Christian. I find solace in the trusting belief in the goodness and mercy of a higher power. Thus, my theory hasn't substantially altered my own outlook.
However, I recognize that for those who hold differing beliefs or for those who have always regarded death as an absolute end, this theory may evoke introspection and contemplation.
It's imperative to emphasize that the NEC theory does not seek to undermine religious beliefs in an afterlife but rather addresses the scenario in which such an afterlife may not exist.
Are you working on any other books related to this topic or something else?
At the age of 75, my focus remains firmly on promoting and sharing the insights contained within "A Natural Afterlife Discovered."
Writing this book has been a labor of passion and dedication, and I've invested considerable time and effort into its creation.
The journey of crafting a book doesn't end with the final page; there is the equally important task of marketing and ensuring that the book reaches those who might benefit from its insights.
Is there anything else you'd like people to know about your book or your perspective?
It's paramount for readers to grasp that the NEC theory doesn't challenge or negate their religious convictions regarding an afterlife. Rather, it offers a scientific perspective on what occurs if a supernatural afterlife is not part of the equation.
This theory opens new vistas for contemplating the intricacies of human consciousness and self-awareness. It encourages a reevaluation of our beliefs about life and death, prompting us to explore the profound mysteries that lie at the intersection of science, philosophy, and spirituality.
Where can people read more about you and buy your book?
The book is available on Amazon. You can also find more about it on my website: https://BryonEhlmann.com.
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