The Importance of the Afterlife

On our dependence on the afterlife (of others.) Via BigThink.


"Whether or not you will continue to exist as a conscious being after your corporal death, the presumed existence of terrestrial life after your passing is largely what gives life meaning, says New York University philosophy professor Samuel Scheffler. "Consider a hypothetical scenario. Suppose you knew that although you yourself would live a long life and die peacefully in your sleep, the earth and all its inhabitants would be destroyed 30 days after your death in a collision with a giant asteroid. How would this knowledge affect you?" Scheffler suggests that many of our activities, from cancer research to engineering projects, would grind to a halt."

Full post from BigThink here.

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