This is not a book I would generally read, but it was recommended to me by a professor of mine, J.P. Moreland. Having recently finished the book I understand why he found it so interesting. 1,116 more words
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This from the Smithsonian.
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For all that science has studied and mapped the brain in recent decades, the mind remains a black box. A famous 1974 essay by the philosopher Thomas Nagel asked, “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” and concluded that we will never know; another consciousness—another person’s, let alone a member of another species—can never be comprehended or accessed.
Death, prima facie, is a distressing prospect. The anxiety that it provokes upon reflection would seem to reveal unambiguous consequences; namely, that death – the secession of consciousness – is an evil, for it is difficult to reason why one would fear that which is good. 2,408 more words