The buzz word in psychical research at present is consciousness. No one knows exactly what it is or where it lies. To say it is awareness does not seem enough. Those who think that it lies in the brain may have to think again, as the wealth of evidence gleaned from psychical research would indicate that this is not the full story. How can a deceased personality provide information, which subsequently proves to be correct, through a medium when he/she has no physical brain? While in physical form the brain certainly seems to play a large part in processing consciousness, as when people suffer from some of the ailments of memory loss, they are no longer 'themselves' with all of their personality traits and memories. However the very same people can return through a medium,,,..very quickly after physical death....and can present all of their life memories and personality traits. For those who have not studied the best of survival literature and experimentation this may seem impossible.......but it happens more often than you might think. Going back to an earlier comment...the best evidence in this area is shown when the medium and the sitter have no knowledge of the information given in a sitting, whether it be a public demonstration or a private sitting, and that information proves to be correct upon subsequent inquiries..This type of evidence, along with many other avenues of research, gives me great assurance that conscious life after death is indeed a reality. If you had asked me about this 30 years ago...I would not have believed it either....but then I had not studied the material or conducted any research!