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Post by Bellatori on Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:07 am

First topic message reminder :

Epicurus tried to tell us not to worry about death saying...
“Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.”
which is often summed up by the very pithy

“I was not, I was, I am not, I care not. (Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo)”
The first quote is part of a much longer quote from a surviving letter he wrote.

“Accustom yourself to the belief that death is of no concern to us, since all good and evil lie in sensation and sensation ends with death. Therefore the true belief that death is nothing to us makes a mortal life happy, not by adding to it an infinite time, but by taking away the desire for immortality. For there is no reason why the man who is thoroughly assured that there is nothing to fear in death should find anything to fear in life. So, too, he is foolish who says that he fears death, not because it will be painful when it comes, but because the anticipation of it is painful; for that which is no burden when it is present gives pain to no purpose when it is anticipated. Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist. It is therefore nothing either to the living or to the dead since it is not present to the living, and the dead no longer are.”
It has to be born in mind that he was not an atheist as such. He did believe in God(s) but, from any practical point of view, he clearly felt that had nothing to do with us and no impact on our lives which, IMHO, makes them a somewhat redundant part of the universe.

So how DO atheists view dying? Are we all into the Kubler-Ross model (which by the by does nothave a lot of research and evidence to support it but it has almost passed into folklore)?



This rather came together as a thought when one of the posters on another site announced he was dying. Apart from rushing out to make a will I did start to think about dying. Given there is no heaven, no afterlife, I won't be reincarnated as a hero, a lion, a worm ... basically NOTHING then how do I actually feel about death. It is really going to piss me off. I want to live forever because there is so much that I do not know which is why I have just applied to do a mathematics degree. I tell myself there is time. Actuaries tell me that also. I should live ten years if I am sensible but the odds are against more than twenty.

Theists can comfort them selves with their belief. Elsewhere I have put forward this as a reason for the development of spirituality and religion. A psychological crutch to enable developing humanity to get up in the morning. If life, from an intellectual point of view (you get born; take some shit for a while then die) is rather futile this crutch becomes crucial.

So how do we deal with the concept? Epicurus says we shouldn't worry about it. Kubler-Ross says we don't worry about it until it become in your face real and then we go through a rationalisation process.

As atheists what are we going to do?

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Post by stuart torr on Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:35 pm

I understand exactly what you are saying Shirina, and from where you are coming from so to speak. I use to be a nurse and had to care for patients very similar to your aunt, is she not on any medication love?

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Re: How are us atheists going to deal with our own inevitable demise?

Post by Dr Sheldon Cooper PhD on Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:21 pm

Bellatori wrote:
polyglide wrote:...the point is if thre is no life beyond out earthy existance then we might just as well not have existed.
Now you approach wisdom. This is why improved intelligence may not be a survival attribute. Dinosaurs lasted millions of years whilst the biggest mammal was the size of a shrew without the need for intelligence. I posted elsewhere about the 'Why should we get up in the morning' reason that religion developed along with intelligence. It is a survival attribute. But it is like a tail used for swinging through the trees and for balance. There comes a point in the development of a species where things become vestigial e.g. appendix. They are no longer required. This is the position of religion now. In fact I would posit that its influence is actually malign on the  survival of homo sapiens.
Very interesting, and of course just like an appendix religion can be a dangerous festering puss filled time bomb that's a mortal danger to the hosts. However unlike the appendix it can just as likely kill others as well. Any chance we can produce a quick cure? Some shots maybe, injections not liquor, or maybe some deep therapy? scratch 
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Post by stuart torr on Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:35 pm

If it's shots i've got the gun, a 44 magnum dirty stu. Cool 
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Post by igbo on Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:33 pm

god make goods the jus dies andd gos to hell
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Post by stuart torr on Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:00 pm

One thing is for sure igbo, go on spell checker as you are awful.thumbsdown 
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Post by stuart torr on Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:35 pm

Did you think that acting thick you would not get caught out igbo/spin. Laughing 
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Post by Heretic on Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:07 pm

stuart torr wrote:Did you think that acting thick you would not get caught out igbo/spin. Laughing 
Seems to of gone quiet - that is not like 'spin' of old is it?

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Post by stuart torr on Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:41 pm

No Heretic it isn't, but apparently he has been going on every forum just lately,except the main one if you get what I mean. to try and prove how clever he is,think thats why he is avoiding the big one.
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Post by oftenwrong on Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:56 am


Dr Sheldon Cooper PhD wrote: Very interesting, and of course just like an appendix religion can be a dangerous festering puss filled time bomb that's a mortal danger to the hosts. However unlike the appendix it can just as likely kill others as well. Any chance we can produce a quick cure? Some shots maybe, injections not liquor, or maybe some deep therapy? scratch 
"....  a dangerous festering puss filled time bomb ...."

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Post by Shirina on Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:28 pm

lol! :yeahthat: lol! 
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Re: How are us atheists going to deal with our own inevitable demise?

Post by stuart torr on Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:58 pm

Well Heretic spin is back on the big forum. Alas I do not know when to take on my old adversary any more. Posters turn against me if I am too harsh on him, what do I do let him walk all over me?.Admittedly he does not seem like the spin of old, I just do not know what to do.confused 
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Post by Heretic on Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:21 pm

stuart torr wrote:Well Heretic spin is back on the big forum. Alas I do not know when to take on my old adversary any more. Posters turn against me if I am too harsh on him, what do I do let him walk all over me?.Admittedly he does not seem like the spin of old, I just do not know what to do.confused 
I would give him enough rope to hang himself. If you were to come across as very gentle while he returned to form I suspect (that's a nice word 'suspect') that he would go for the jugular and you might find people coming to your defence. I tactic out of many possible but it might be worth a shot - one thing that stands against it is the way people perceive this last incident.

Another thing you might try is to apologise, whether you feel in the wrong or not, people might then expect a positive reaction from spin. If he gives it then all's to the good, if he doesn't then you are no longer the villain. It sometimes takes a strong man to allow himself to appear weak.

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Post by polyglide on Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:46 am

Or maybe some real attention to the facts rather than paralogism you favour.
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Post by Tosh on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:48 pm

Or maybe some real attention to the facts
I believe every science academy on the planet recognises common ancestry as an evidence based fact, please pay attention.
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Post by Shirina on Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:20 pm

polyglide wrote:Or maybe some real attention to the facts rather than paralogism you favour.
You're projecting.
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Post by stuart torr on Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:04 pm

Thank-you Heretic, very wise words from the pool.
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Post by polyglide on Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:33 pm

No Shirina, what I am trying to do is save your soul.
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Post by stuart torr on Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:11 pm

headbang 
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Post by polyglide on Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:03 pm

Stu, you should stop banging your head, sorry, carry on it may do you some good.
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Post by Heretic on Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:47 pm

polyglide wrote:Or maybe some real attention to the facts rather than paralogism you favour.

Paralogism = a piece of illogical or fallacious reasoning, especially one which appears superficially logical or which the reasoner believes to be logical.

Can you not say what you want to say without raiding a thesaurus?

Sorry but I cannot see which post you are answering.

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Post by polyglide on Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:14 pm

I have no need to raid anything, I do not believe in theft of any kind.
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Post by stuart torr on Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:41 pm

We all know you are joking, only you do not. Rolling Eyes 
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Post by polyglide on Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:54 pm

Now you are a mind reader as well as a delinquent.
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Post by stuart torr on Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:10 pm

Well PGtips you do not get many delinquents at my age, oh dear how old do you think I am seriously now.
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Post by Heretic on Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:50 pm

stuart torr wrote:Well PGtips you do not get many delinquents at my age, oh dear how old do you think I am seriously now.

I'd have a guess at 53.

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Post by stuart torr on Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:07 pm

Now Heretic you have been looking at what i've written on the other site have you not ha,ha.  Laughing 
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Post by Heretic on Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:19 pm

stuart torr wrote:Now Heretic you have been looking at what i've written on the other site have you not ha,ha.  Laughing 

Try looking to the left, just under your Avatar.

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Post by stuart torr on Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:43 pm

Given everything away, especially for a delinquent.  Twisted Evil 
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Post by Heretic on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:43 am

Now that Peter has died I was wondering what people are thinking. I have been reminded of all the losses I have had, not a great number but more than enough, and all the emotions and thoughts that I experienced are rekindled and experienced anew. I really do not want to go to any more funerals and something that worries me is that I am the oldest of my family left alive and I know that people are looking at me and thinking I will be next though they would never say that aloud.

Extinction of all that I am seems so final. I can understand why religions started in order to exploit this final act (and why they are despicable for doing so).

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Post by Dan Fante on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:53 am

polyglide wrote:I have no need to raid anything, I do not believe in theft of any kind.
I hate to break it to you but theft does exist.
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Post by polyglide on Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:08 am

As usual you do not understand the implications or the relevance or meaning of the written word as accepted by any intelligent person.
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Post by Dan Fante on Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:10 am

polyglide wrote:As usual you do not understand the implications or the relevance or meaning of the written word as accepted by any intelligent person.
Laughing I knew your reply would be along those lines.
Incidentally, it was a joke.
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Post by stuart torr on Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:33 am

Other peoples deaths are a reminder of our own mortality Heretic, we all have to go sometime my friend. As each day passes we get a day closer, I am in the same position as yourself but a few years younger.
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Post by Heretic on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:46 pm

stuart torr wrote:Other peoples deaths are a reminder of our own mortality Heretic, we all have to go sometime my friend. As each day passes we get a day closer, I am in the same position as yourself but a few years younger.

I gave up smoking about two months after my Wife died and last year I went down from 17 stone to 13 stone but have since put most of it back on. I will be targeting that again next year. These activities to protect my longevity is not for any desire to extend my life for it's own sake but because I realised my children would need me well into the future as they don't have their Mother whom I always thought would survive me by quite a large margin. I am pleased that my brothers and sisters have taken an interest in my children in the last few years as it gives me some reassurance for the future if I'm not about. I have always seen myself as an independent sort of person but it's surprising how people rally around when they're needed.

All is well with the world, apart from the obvious, so I cannot complain.

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Post by stuart torr on Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:40 am

Take care my friend.
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Post by Heretic on Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:39 pm

stuart torr wrote:Take care my friend.

We all need to do that, careful is sometimes everything.

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Post by snowyflake on Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:35 am

[quote="polyglide"]No Shirina, what I am trying to do is save your soul.[/quote]

I find this statement to be the epitome of arrogance. Who are you to try to save anyone's 'soul'? It's not your job! Your job is to love all people as Christ commanded. That's it. Anything more than that, you are in the remit of God's responsibilities. Judgement, and you have plenty of that and bearing false witness (promoting scientific untruths when your knowledge of science is next to nil). These are 2 things that make a mockery of your Christianity. Your derision of the atheists on this forum is a test of your faith yet the best you can come up with is insults. You demonstrate no love or kindness on this forum.

Are you sure you're a 'real' Christian? I don't see it.
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Post by Bellatori on Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:04 am

Heretic wrote:...I can understand why religions started in order to exploit this final act...

I cannot remember who, on the Amazon site, recommended "The Faith Instinct by Nicholas Wade" but I found it to be a very good and thought provoking primer on the origin of religion. What seems clear to me now is that religion has lost its original evolutionary role which was important for social cohesion and has now, as I once stated before, like the appendix and a prehensile tail, rather lost its role and seems to have found an alternative niche which is neither beneficial nor of survival value.

As I look at religion I fear that for reasons of politics, China and Russia will step back and allow a war between Muslim and Christians which seems to me almost inevitable the way things are going. They will find, however that eventually the drive for world dominance by Islam will not be sated by trying to destroy the west and their initial compliance will be their undoing. I am only glad that I will not have to live to see the final conflagration.

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Bellatori wrote:
Heretic wrote:...I can understand why religions started in order to exploit this final act...

I cannot remember who, on the Amazon site, recommended "The Faith Instinct by Nicholas Wade" but I found it to be a very good and thought provoking primer on the origin of religion.

I cannot yet find it in my local library (piratebay) but have found another book on the topic Supernatural Selection HOW RELIGION EVOLVED Matt J. Rossano . Given my interest in religion I find it incredible I haven't sought out something on this before now. The blurb on my link (that you will need bittorrent software such as utorrent to download) says:

[The existence of God has been part of human discussion for centuries. Believers point to evidence of design and rationality as convincing proofs of divine presence. Rossano, head of the psychology department at Southeastern Louisiana University, looks instead to notions borrowed from anthropology and sociology to construct a purely nonreligious view of the evolution of religion. Favoring science over sentiment, he takes great comfort in the idea that £pieces of our evolutionary puzzle are now falling into place.¥ He suggests that religion, which he describes as an £evolutionary adaptation,¥ arises from intergroup competition and is the result of the inevitable struggles that occur when groups compete for the same prizes (in this case, adherents to their message). To true believers, this is a grim assessment of the religious notions that underlie their lives. Casual readers will find this book tough going and, in some instances, overly technical. But with patience, most will find food for thought. ]

Until I can find a copy of the book you mention I will start here. Thankyou.

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Post by Heretic on Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:28 pm

Sorry but I don't know the site's attitude to bittorrent as I don't know where the servers are located. If in the states I think I'm ok, but if UK based I might of stood on toes there and would understand deletion of my last post.

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Post by stuart torr on Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:31 pm

Bellatori, how do you know that you will not live to see the final conflagration,? It may happen sooner than you think my friend.
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