but I think there is a great reason to believe our conscious-selves will return. I use a few lines of reasoning to reach the same conclusion.
Usually it is right-wing wet-blanket religious types that get upset about such speculations. I grew up around that. Issues like these I find most interesting, as long as the speculations are backed up with actual reason.
To this question: "No you can't, but can you confirm that our existence now is life or the afterlife?"
You answered: "Yes"
I interpreted that to be a statement of knowledge. Perhaps I misunderstood.