February 9, 2011
Based on research, The question of survival of bodily death concerns whether some aspect of an individual (usually one’s personality or consciousness) continues to exist after the death of one’s normal physical body. Immortality concerns whether that surviving aspect continues to exist forever. While evidence for survival is not necessarily evidence for immortality, evidence against survival is clearly evidence against immortality. Thus articles advocating pure mortalism or “the extinction hypothesis”–the thesis that death is the complete, permanent annihilation of the person–reject immortality in virtue of rejecting survival after death. Since there is little difference between impersonal survival and complete annihilation, the articles below generally only concern the notion of personal survival–the idea that persons will survive death as distinct individuals.
Immortality (or eternal life) is the concept of living in a physical or spiritual form for an infinite length of time. As immortality is the negation of mortality—not dying or not being subject to death—it has been a subject of fascination to humanity since at least the beginning of known history. The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the first literary works, dating back at least to the 22nd century BC, is primarily a quest of a hero seeking to become immortal.What form an unending human life would take (as well as whether it is subject to incapacitation), or whether the soul exists and possesses immortality, has been a major point of focus of religion, as well as the subject of speculation, fantasy, and debate.
Interesting? this I believe depends on the cultural and religious perspective of every individual. The documented conceptual and empirical arguments of this highly intellectual people continues to date on how science can marry the soul existence and immortality.
A good reading is the edge.org where this bright minds meet, share and keep the world aware. It is Reality Club.
About The Edge:
Edge Foundation, Inc., was established in 1988 as an outgrowth of a group known as The Reality Club. Its informal membership includes of some of the most interesting minds in the world. The mandate of Edge Foundation is to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society. Edge Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit private operating foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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