And the Award for The Most Pointless Question We Can Ever Ask Ourselves Goes To…

Check out this gem from the good folks at the Human Consciousness Project.

I thought something as empirical-sounding as ‘the scientific study of death’ would involve autopsies, perhaps a slight cultural element thrown in with a bit of anthropology – but the presence of the word ‘scientific’ makes me think that this kind of bullshit is out of place:

A lot of people hold this idea that, well, when you die, you die; that’s it. Death is a moment – you know you’re either dead or alive.”

Isn’t that kinda true? The guy goes on to say that this is a ‘social definition.’ But the spurious reasoning doesn’t stop there, my friends:

Now, if you look at the mind, consciousness, and the brain, the assumption that the mind and brain are the same thing is fine for most circumstances, because in 99% of circumstances we can’t separate the mind and brain; they work at the exactly the same time.”

Ok. So we can take it as a given that the mind and the brain are the same thing? When did that get announced? I thought that was one of those unanswerable questions that will still be getting kicked around first year Philosophy classes at Universities in the year 2387.


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