Still, there is no doubt in Dreams that Earth is real. Instead when Chris goes to Heaven, cousin Albert, or Buddy, tells him that Heaven is a state of mind: "death is a refocusing of consciousness from physical reality to mental" (Matheson 71). But Buddy also reveals, that in this story, "[d]eath is merely a continuation at another level" (Matheson 71). Notably, this is the complete opposite of Divorce.
Consequently, the important difference between Price's idea of the after-life and Hume's philosophy of the self is that Price's concept is based on an incorporeal personal identity while Hume philosophizes that there is no personal identity without a human body in which to have experiences. Nonetheless, Hume's philosophy could be applied to the concept of resurrection as depicted in Dreams, if only very loosely. Each rebirth is a forgetting: "all memories of the previous life and the interval in afterlife are obliterated, a fresh set of mental impressions begun" (Matheson 273). Thus, one could argue that each successive life is merely a variation of Hume's sequence of perceptions. But Dreams clearly follows more closely Price's concept of the afterlife. Divorce, on the other hand, could be said to come closer to Hume's philosophy if one is willing to accept the idea of Heaven as a physical place. This is Lewis' conception of it in Divorce. Heaven is what's real and we are, in fact, an incorporeal sequence of perceptions until we accept Heaven. Once in Heaven, however, we can perceive the external stimuli and objects that create us.
Similarly, the Bishop will not accept a Heaven in which he actually receives answers for his intellectual inquiries (Lewis 38). His pride in life was his intellectualism Ż his cleverness at asking questions he believed could never be answered. He cannot accept now a place where he actually receives those answers and so he goes back to Hell where he can deliver a paper on what might have happened had Christ not been crucifi