The mother of a friend can no longer recognize that she's looking into a mirror. In her mind, she's seeing into a room in her own home she didn't know was there, and is looking at people in that room she doesn't know.
This is one of many sad and strange effects of injury to the human brain. Many people believe that the brain and the mind are two distinct things. I believe the evidence show that the brain produces the mind, the personality, our experiences, our consciousness, and the so-called soul.
When bits of the brain die, bits of who we are die with them. There's no reason then to believe that when the entire brain dies, any part of who we were lives on.
Here's a fascinating BBC documentary on the strange effects of traumatic brain injury.
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