Sunday, March 10, 2013

Two perspectives on death (or immortality?)

One argues that as we “popped” or “grew” in to existence, it could reasonably happen again. That is, the feeling of being in the present moment, devoid of personality and memory, may persist after death, just to emerge into a new reality. This cycle can be seen as a random form of reincarnation.

The second states that because time itself in an infinite experience, death as a point in it is never reached. Many have felt the experience of time slowing down for usually some strenuous reason. Its easy then to imagine this effect being pushed to its logical extreme; time moves on forward, ever slower, never reaching the point of death. So even though we may die, we never reach that point because our experience of time becomes slower and slower.    

Not sure which one I fancy. The latter fits with the modern scientific worldview. It can be empirically inferred that peoples experience of time slows down. The former on the other hand cannot be tested and remains idle speculation until it can be done so. However, this does not make any one more inherently valid then the other.

A quick note on the idea of popping or growing into reality. The former assumes that whatever we are, we are it from beginning to end. The latter assumes we are at first incomplete, developing to peak levels and maturing before we die.

Both of these perspectives give reality to immortality.