Monday, December 19, 2005
Children, death & immortality
The notion could feel right because it is -- though I think there's a certain danger in making this assumption, kind of like saying "I can't imagine that I haven't been able to find a needle in this haystack -- hence, there must not be a needle here."
For what it's worth, my own thought on the matter is that immortality feels intuitively right because we can't step outside of ourselves to see where we begin and where we end. Wittgenstein pointed out that the visual field isn't shaped like a kind of balloon against a background of darkness or emptiness -- we can't see it's limits, we don't see its edges. Similarly, I don't think my self-awareness can directly comprehend its own limits -- that is, the notion that my self-awareness is finite, has a beginning and an end, has "edges", a "shape" . . . on some level, this will never make sense to me. Hence positing immortality seems like the only way of resolving this cognitive dissonance.
Various traditions, like Yoga and Buddhism, offer techniques for seeing more stuff- maybe even religiousy stuff. Speaking from personal experience, they work.
I gotta say, if one is serious, one pursues these techniques. The talk- the philosophy- the theorizing- it's just a lot of brain-wanking.
Not this month, not this year,
but a good escape from bullshit, nonetheless.
It's innappropriate to imprint immature minds
Don't you dare ever take this tack again.
What could anyone possibly glean from asking young children what it would feel like to be dead?
The only research remotely like this & would condone is NDE's of children. In those cases, they are not asked, they offer what they saw & heard & want to talk about it.
Could this research come under the heading of inappropriate?