Re: What is death like since we'll never experience it?

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 7 Oct 1996 12:35:17 +0200 (MET DST)

On Fri, 4 Oct 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> 1. Taking a idea off the omega point theory where the last few seconds of
> the universe seem like forever, what if people dying experience pleasure and
> colors (like people dead for 24 hours) but experience this feeling for
> hundreds of years from their perspective much like certain drugs and slow
> down your perception of time. This would enable an afterlife in their minds.

This doesn't appear possible at all, since we know quite well how the EEG
activity of dying and dead people look, and it dosn't speed up like it
would have to in this scenario. I think even those time-affecting drugs
(anybody have some information about reliable subjective-time influencing
effects?) doesn't change the speed of neural signals much, although
noradrenaline increases the firing frequency slightly.

> 2. Taking a idea off the many worlds theory, what if the person only dies
> from our vantage pointor universe. If I am correct, every decision i make,
> I'm jumping through universes. So the person could appear to have died in
> our universe but from their vantage point they're still alive going on with
> their life.

Yes, this is one of the more bizarre consequences of the MWI. Of course,
you could have been born in a cul de sac in reality, where *all*
physically realizable timelines end in death, but I find this unlikely
(after all, from a QM perspective it is quite possible that you would
randomly be teleported away from Earth just as the sun went nova or
something similar, and that would be enough to guarantee your survival in
your worldline).

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