How does that work? How can you expect to see anything without eyes, hear anything without ears, and form memories without a brain?
It seems like nothing more than wishful thinking to accept that some part of us survives death and allows us to continue to think and/or experience things.
Note this is a challenge, not a quest for truth. How should one respond?
First, I do not accept the notion that human beings are merely "eyes, ears, and brains." We are not less than these things, but we are certainly more. Thus the human person cannot be explained by that which is physical or material alone.
Second, she writes: "It seems like nothing more than wishful thinking to accept that some part of us survives death . . ."
1) Why do some folks make the illogical leap that "wishful thinking" is "false thinking"? Just because a person "wishes" something were true…it must be false? Isn't it rather the case that many of the things we "wish" were true are true? (Common sense gives us the answer.)
"Wishing" something to be true (atheism for example) has nothing to do with whether or not that something is true or false.
2) The converse seems true to me. That is, it seems like “wishful thinking” to accept that no part of us survives death.
I am reminded of this little scenario in the experience of C.S. Lewis. A friend informed him of an epitaph on a man's grave which read: "Here lies an atheist, all dressed up and with nowhere to go." Lewis promptly retorted: "I bet he wishes that were so."
You see, this "wishful thinking" business cannot determine truth or error—and it cuts both ways.