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52 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 October 2007 11:46PM

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Comment author: bw 12 October 2007 05:38:28PM -2 points [-]

The question is not whether it is a cached tought but whether it is a good thought. And what I claim is that it is both good and extremely difficult to understand precisely because of our natutal bias to avoid death. As for references, I suppose it is a central thought in continental philosophy since Hegel: Heidegger and Jonas but you can find it elsewhere, even as far away from existentialism as Mayr or Maturana.

Comment author: adamisom 30 June 2011 12:19:45AM 2 points [-]

It would be far more instructive (imo) to describe how you conceive of death in this way, rather than merely stating that some Very Smart People have.

Comment author: CuSithBell 30 June 2011 12:46:27AM 3 points [-]

Note that this person has not posted on this website since October 12th, 2007, and if I am not mistaken these posts may in fact be imported from another website or earlier version of this website.