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Offline Esmanee

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Do you ever think about death?
« on: 08/10/2010 22:58:32 »
Well, I do. I'm hoping most of the scientific community believes in science over religion...if not, please look away and don't make this an argument of scientific vs. religion.

What are some scientific views on what happens after a person dies? I cannot fathom my not being. I can understand being born; we go from nothing to something. But, with death, we go from something...to nothing. We go from a thinking, breathing individual, to..nothing. It is so, unbelievable beyond my level of thinking...that this can happen. If we are there, how can we...not? Atoms cannot be created or destroyed. I can understand that. Our bodies stop functioning, and their nutrients provide for future life. I'm just rambling. Anyone care to enlighten me and share their views?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 08/10/2010 23:11:33 »
On the other hand, I could not imagine a world where you live 70-100 years, and then go to a 'heaven' and live there for eternity.

But, these are the only two explanations that I understand: scientifically likely- and absolutely unproven, but not disproven either. The other religious views on death- reincarnation, etc- seem, in my opinion, scientifically disproven.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 10/10/2010 09:51:59 »
[...] I cannot fathom my not being. [...]

Why not? To be honest, the world would not be significantly different if we had not been born; at least, that applies to most of us. A mouse (for example) is born and dies but we give little thought to the impact of these events on the universe. And you can extrapolate this down to an amoeba if you like. Does it matter if the mouse (or amoeba) can or cannot reason these events for themselves? Logically it would seem to make no difference to the universe whether or not you are a person capable of reason or not. You exist for a period of time and are part of the world that can react to events in complex ways based on your ability to reason, your in-built drives and a number of random factors.

I don't think one's death (apart from the unpleasantness of the event and the effects on loved ones) is harder to imagine than the idea of the world prior to one's conception. When you have an anaesthetic and you wake as though no time has passed, that is similar to death - except without the waking bit!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 15/10/2010 00:31:24 »
Death is a good thing in a way; Imagine how crammed the world would be if nobody died. and people like hitler would still be alive... but couldnt kill anyone because no one could die.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 15/10/2010 00:32:38 »
Ive got hitler on the brain today; Its not good :(
 

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