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This review definitely left me wanting to know more about “Existential Threats”, which I guess means a reviewing job well done (!). From what is said here, however, I rather doubt that Lisa Vox is concerned so much with the “validity” of religious versus scientific apocalypticism, but rather with the historical and cultural resonances between the two. for the existence of the latter, it seems to me, the evidence is rather clear. After all, wasn’t it J. Robert Oppenheimer (about whom our reviewer has written an excellent book) who said, “the physicists have known sin”?
All I have to say that’s relative to the discussion of death is that the end of an individuals life appears to be a part of our evolutionary process. Especially when we have children to carry on the instinctive behavioral strategies that we’ve caused them to inherit. In which case, our bodies die, but our intelligent life lives on. And I might add that our bodies will feel nothing after our intelligence leaves them. In other words, we’ll never know we’re dead, and will certainly never feel it.
(I’ve written a book that deals with our strategic purposes, but I won’t try to sell it here!)
The best thing about Humanity was our triumph of passing knowledge on to the next generation. Things changed fast in evolutionary terms once writing ideas down became common place. Strategic insemination of ideas is a complicated topic especially considering how ego and greed driven people are. Your book sounds interesting.
The thing I disagree with is that we won’t feel death or know what is happening after we’re dead. We most certainly do feel sickness that leads to death. As someone who has died, someone who has tripped to something else, I think we are still to lost in the universe to know if we actually die or not. Some people even have experiences after they are dead.
Sounds like mumbo jumbo when I type it out, I’m 50/50 on whether there is mind/spirit after death. I don’t believe in god, I do believe in life though.
It’s a strange world we live in and anything is possible.
I have a problem with one of the rhetorical sentences, no, we are not all necessarily going to die. This is a traditional aging trance to which society has succumbed. There is a very large number of scientists researching this area and at some point death will become an option. With telomerase, embryonic stem cells, Sirtuins, metformin, DNA research, etc. it’s only time.