Tala Ko

Why We Can’t Imagine Death

Posted on: Monday, 6 October 2008

It seems that belief in some kind of afterlife isn’t learned.

This is a great article, with plenty of scientific and philosophical food for thought. I just clipped two quotes that struck me, plus something about the Baby Mouse study; I highly recommend you check out the whole article at the source.

clipped from www.sciam.com
Consider the rather startling fact that you will never know you have died. You may feel yourself slipping away, but it isn’t as though there will be a “you” around who is capable of ascertaining that, once all is said and done, it has actually happened. Just to remind you, you need a working cerebral cortex to harbor propositional knowledge of any sort, including the fact that you’ve died—and once you’ve died your brain is about as phenomenally generative as a head of lettuce.
clipped from www.sciam.com
Because we have never consciously been without consciousness, even our best simulations of true nothingness just aren’t good enough.
clipped from www.sciam.com
The simulation-constraint hypothesis posits that this type of thinking is innate and unlearned.
One couldn’t say that the preschoolers lacked a concept of death, therefore, because nearly all of the kids realized that biological imperatives no longer applied after death. Rather they seemed to have trouble using this knowledge to theorize about related mental functions.
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