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Law Bringer
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Originally written by rantalot:

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Hey!

I'd be offended if your spelling and grammar weren't so ridiculous. :P

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I'll second that, his spelling and grammar does get pretty irritating.

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Originally written by *i:

If an afterlife did exist, I doubt it would be anything like we could experience here on Earth. Would we be an ethereal being that could interact with the material world?
Is my main idea. But think: it won't be "boring" live forever?

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MagmaDragoon -- I suggest you read the "Last Answer" by Isaac Asimov. It's a fairly short story with an interesting view on the afterlife and living forever.

Fortunately, someone transcribed the story in its entirity:

The Last Answer

[ Wednesday, April 26, 2006 04:11: Message edited by: *i ]

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Originally written by *i:

Fortunately, someone transcribed the story in its entirity:
The Last Answer

Uhm... That will take some time, for the translation and because I'm pretty busy now. But I swear, I will read it.

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The afterlife consists of repeatedly writing on a chalkboard the following phrase.

"I shouldn't have wasted time wondering about the afterlife."

Really.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


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Law Bringer
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Maybe the afterlife is like Lost Souls!

Or maybe it's like being a magnetic monopole with a rotation period of square root of negative e.

—Alorael, who figures that individuality has no reason to exist post-mortem. If there is one and only one God, your entire existence is already part of him anyway. If there are more gods, well, maybe you get divvied up among divinities.
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Well, my dream death has always been to die as a martyr. Then, I would prefer myself to stay dead, no afterlife, just...death.

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Umm... I was going to babble endlessly about my ideas about the afterlife involving minotaurs, gingerbread men, Santa Claus, Hitler, and war, but now, having read that Isaac Asimov story, I am feeling highly unsettled.

If there is an afterlife we could imagine, it would either have to end eventually, or be torturous. For certainly, there is no Last Answer, because, given an infinite amount of time, any last answer that could be arrived at would have been arrived at an infinite amount of time ago. Therefore, there are three possibilities:

1. Isaac Asimov's eternal hell

2. oblivion (I take it that this is the one TM and many other atheists have taken to)

3. something that we could not possibly think of, like Stareye said.

*shudders*

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Reincarnation would be a handy way out of that eternal, forever-existence. As long as we do not regain our memories, it is as though we just came into being.

Oblivion freaks me out, personally, but I think that it's what happens.

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But would reincarnation with no memory of past lives really be any different than oblivion? Both effectively destroy the mind.

Also, I recommend that, unless you are already a staunch atheist who has already come to terms with oblivion, you do not read the story, lest you be robbed of a good source of comfort.

[ Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:32: Message edited by: The Almighty Do-er of Stuff ]

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Really? Oblivion isn't scary. The wonderful thing is you're not around to worry about it.

—Alorael, who is more worried about discovering that some obscure religion with a really unpleasant afterlife and no sense of humor got the afterlife right. That would be most unfortunate.
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Oblivion (as I understand it) is like eternal sleep, with no possibility of waking up.

Reincarnation would effectively destroy personality, I suppose, but at least I still am. Someone can suffer massive amnesia and forget everything that ever happened to them, but they still continue to exist and experience life.

Therefore I shall pronounce an official edit to my "do anything" version of the afterlife on the first page of this topic. After I get bored (few hundred years or so) I snap my fingers again and I'm reincarnated with no memories. Repeat forever.

EDIT: Too late, ADoS. I rest in the knowledge that after a few hundred years of that I would go insane anyway, and that if God exists and is that sadistic we're all doomed anyway.

[ Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:39: Message edited by: I Would Have Been Your Daddy ]

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Shaper
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Essentially, though, it would be like somebody else living, not you. So you specifically will have been cast into oblivion.

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Law Bringer
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For that, I think I'd take a Homer the Reluctant Soul approach. When you're alive, you've got only that life in your mind. After you die, you get all the memories you've ever had back. It's probably awkward when your staunchly conservative soul goes through a life as a hippy.

—Alorael, who can't get worked up about not existing. There are really much more unpleasant things that happen daily. In fact, nonexistence is the least unpleasant state imaginable. It's also the least pleasant, but think positive!
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My idea of an afterlife?

If I'm going to heaven, then let's call this heaven:

It would probably be a lot like the life that I'm living, with a few differences.
I would never be separated from the people I love (or at least, I would always be within walking distance).
Work would always be enjoyable. (yes, work. I don't want to get bored)
For some reason, I see a lot of storytelling and creative thought.
No lines for gas. Heck, let's get rid of fuels entirely. Everything runs off of divine will.
An endless supply of chewing gum, in varying flavors.
I would be able to know everything humanly possible and yet still be able to learn more. I wouldn't necessarily want to know everything, but just knowing that I could...

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The Silent Assassin, when asked about his ideas of the afterlife, gave an answer while I wasn't paying attention.
If I understood him correctly, the afterlife has something to do with tuna fish and graphite composites.

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I thought about this recently, making a comparison with sleep. We don't remember dreamless sleep - how do you experience being unconscious? My thought was that if you cannot experience the (presumed) nonexistence after death, your subjective experience might get stuck in the moment of death, i.e., you experience yourself dying extremely slowly, ever more slowly...forever. Eternal death, or eternal dying, actually. Sounds pleasant, doesn't it?
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I've thought about that, sort of like approaching a black hole. Time slows down, such that from your point of reference, you never reach it. It's a strange idea of immortality, but an interesting one.

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Master
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Originally written by Dead Weight on the Forums:

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Originally written by Ur-Noob:

From what I hear, no one would want a different afterlife than heaven.
When you say "heaven", what do you mean? What do you envision?

The best thing you can think of. Times 10. Times 10.

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WKS> That's actually a myth. Someone watching you approach a black hole would see you get infinitely close but never actually enter it. You, however, actually would enter it, without feeling any weird time dilation effects yourself.
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You are probably right, Imban, but our understanding of physics tends to break down near singularities.

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quote:
Originally written by Nyarlathotep:

quote:
Originally written by rantalot:

hunt my self some krauts
Hey!

I'd be offended if your spelling and grammar weren't so ridiculous. :P

Sorry, I didn’t learn English in a very traditional way and it shows.
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Well, okay. No one's ever actually tried to fling themself into a black hole (and certainly no one's reported on what it feels like to do so), and our understanding of physics isn't always very capable of predicting things about them. Still, my understanding of it was that the effect that causes observers to see you get infinitely close but never arrive at the event horizon did not extend to you, because it was based on the black hole's slowing down the light you emit as you fall into it. You would still fall into it at the appropriate rate.
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It is true that in a standard black hole you will reach singularity, infact it happens mere seconds after crossing the event horizon. In the case of certain rotating black holes, you never reach singularity.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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I think my ideal afterlife would just be ceasing to exist on death, which fortunately is what I believe anyway.

It's interesting that many people here seem to believe in the eternal soul, or something similar.

Also, has anyone else read Sartre's Huis Clos ('No Exit', but that's not a good translation of the title)? He has an interesting view of what hell is like.

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I think this is really wonderful.
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