Death and Its Concept: Jeff Mason argues that the concept of death has no subjective meaning

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If Jeff wants to say death has no objective meaning I’d buy that. But subjective meaning is individualistic and it’s not Jeff or anyone else’s place to determine what it is or isn’t on a universal basis. If he wants to say there is no subjective experience that corresponds to death that is at least arguable. But that’s not the same thing.


“It’s false to say that the dead don’t suffer because there is no one to stop suffering” is linguistic trickery. What’s true is that the suffering caused by a person existing is no longer occuring


I was ready to rip this apart, but by the end I kind of agree. The key to the whole essay (IMO) is: > However, if death is real, then it is metaphorical even to say that the dead do not suffer, as though something of them remains not to suffer. If you 100% grok what he’s saying there, the rest logically follows. If you consider that quote nonsense, however, you may as well stop reading there.


Perhaps this isnt the place for this but after reading the article i wonder somthing. Should we be afraid to die? Are you guys worried about dying one day?


I’m wondering what the author thinks of near death experiences, or even psychedelic or transcendent experiences. It seems like some people think of death as being the same experience as trying to remember before they were born. Where others think of it more like dreaming, where they aren’t in the world anymore but they still experience something. I’m also trying to make sense of his death has no object bit. It seems death refers to the negation of life, we experience someone as being alive and participating in life with us and then they die and their life it’s effectuations seem to gradually fade. So there is the internal sense of death and the external, and we infer the internal from the external, in the same way we can mirror emotions.