Definition: Mortality Paradox

Mortality Paradox

Our struggle to understand how we know we would one day die, yet all the while, we could not imagine a state of our nonexistence.

 

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Cave argues that besides our immortality narratives, what sets us apart from other sentient beings are our highly connected brains and our self-awareness — adaptive developments that have enabled us to foresee different possibilities and make sophisticated plans, but also, in envisioning the future, to grapple with the terrifying prospect of our own demise. He terms this the “Mortality Paradox” and argues that it gives shape to both immortality narratives and civilization itself:

On the one hand, our powerful intellects come inexorably to the conclusion that we, like all other living things around us, must one day die. Yet on the other, the one thing that these minds cannot imagine is the very state of nonexistence; it is literally inconceivable. Death therefore presents itself as both inevitable and impossible.

 

It’s a lot more interesting to learn about this and Immortality Narratives (tomorrow’s post) via this Hidden Brain podcast episode!

Die Cut Paper Origami

Origami is interesting for its technique, but it can also be interesting for the paper used if you’re not just using conventional paper or origami paper. There is origami paper with prints, metallic shine, maybe even texture. However, tonight, I took things to a different level for myself by doing origami with die cut paper.

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Die Young Memorably or Old Peacefully?

In the movies, legends, lore and so on, heroes and villains often die “memorable” deaths. These could be dramatic, heroic, tragic, traumatic and/or other “memorable” adjectives that move audiences. However, those characters usually die “before their time”. They rarely die a boring death in old age, like of natural causes, at home, at a hospital, possibly due to some disease. Those types of deaths are tragic as well, of course, but lots of people die that way.

Pretty much all of us admire some such fictional character that die before their time. Many people admire them very much. But enough to want to die the same way? That’s what I want to know with the Meth of Death Survey below.

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