Thursday, September 25, 2008

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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