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In fact, persons ... are said to be characterized by an ever-evolving consciousness... , stream of consciousness... ; ... or mind-continuity ...which, upon the death or dissolution of the aggregates (skandhas), becomes one of the contributing causes for the arising of a new group of skandhas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatta#OverviewThis is how I compare this to the supernova... the materials that made up the star are essentially recycled to contribute to new elements, new stars and planets, and new life. In this same way, our non-discrete consciousness, when leaving the body, becomes part of new sentient beings. In all honesty, I prefer this view over the Judeo-Christian and Hindu models. I have come to believe our consciousnesses are part of the fabric of the universe. When we quit the body, we go back "out there", then return recycled.