Re: First understanding of mortality

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 07 Dec 1999 18:14:30 -0600 wrote:
> Is this a universal phenomenon? Does everyone experience this as a
> traumatic moment, after which you know that your days are numbered?

Not really. You have to bear in mind, I read _Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition_ at around age eleven or so. And even before that, I grokked the concept of medical life extension.

By the time I realized we might all get wiped out in a nanowar anyway, I no longer found the concept of death or even personal nonexistence particularly frightening. Frankly, I think the only reason we all pretend to find nonexistence inconceivable and horrifying is that there's a cultural expectation that we should.

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