Spook: how much proof?

While attending medium school, the class pairs off for practice and the man doing Mary Roach’s reading says he’s picked up on a heavy-drinking man with a big belly and suspenders. It reminds Mary of a friend who’d recently died of cirrhosis and she writes,

“It leaves me wondering. Men who drink too much often have big bellies so there’s nothing surprising there. It’s the suspenders bit that grabs me, combined with the newness of this person’s death. If I were inclined to easy persuasion, I might be persuaded.”

How much and what kind of proof do you think the average person would need to believe in life after death? How much proof would you need? Would an experience similar to this one be enough to convince you? Why or why not?


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