The human brain is a fantastic piece of hardware that can run countless calculations at once and analyze both short and long term situations and consequences. An interesting theory was posed in my elective philosophy class (before winter break) about the very nature on understanding death. My professor told us that it is impossible for the human mind to mentally comprehend "death" because death itself is the absence of consciousness, the absence of calculated thought processes that form what we see, feel, touch, taste, and smell all around us. Can one truly know nothingness, the absence of "stuff" as my professor put it? The inability of the human mind to naturally understand this leads us to fill this lapse of knowledge with worldly "stuff". We hear countless times from the pious that heaven is an escape from the material world of the earthly plane, yet the images of heaven given to us are of the highest forms of materialism; pearly gates, evergreen gardens, elegant fountains, marble walkways, etc. This is obviously a much easier and much more confronting view of death than the black nothingness of a nonbeliever's afterlife. Yet it may be as equally difficult for the nonbeliever as for the believer to comprehend death. Can we really imagine what a world without consciousness? Perhaps even without sub-consciousness? Can there ever be a definitive scientific explanation for where our mind "goes" after the body shuts down? I firmly reject the Christian view of an afterlife yet I am torn over the atheistic view of blackness. Is there somewhere within our concept of space and time that allows for a transcendence of our current consciousness. There is no proof for it, so I am skeptical. Yet evidence is emerging of multiple dimensions (string theory) and in turn, multiple universes (which may be proven sooner than we think with near-light speed particle colliers). Whether this aids us in any understanding of death remains yet to be seen. But for now I hold the position (along with many other agnostics) that death is incomprehensible because the human brain was not built to compute calculations that involve no formula or no variables. Neither the heavenly gardens of theists nor the eternal unconscious blackness of atheists adequately explains one of the greatest mysteries of existence.