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Compare to other forms of temporary unconsciousness...

September 4 2009 at 10:54 AM
Luke Parrish  (Login lsparrish)
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Response to No, something

 

When you are unconscious, due to (for example) sleep, are you something rather than someone? Does moral responsibility vanish when someone has the capacity to keep you from awakening, e.g. by injecting a lethal dose of cyanide?

I think if you examine it closely you'll see that "death" is culturally predicated on the assumption that the dead body cannot possibly be brought back to life. Anyone who can be brought back to full consciousness is not "dead" by a reasonable definition.

People who believe in resurrection or a spirit/afterlife arguably do not believe they actually die. You'be probably heard terms like "eternal life" and "never die" in evangelical circles, because that is what they really believe. They admit the body is dead but the soul is maintained to be alive. Cryonicists do not admit the body to be dead because they generally think (as do most scientists) that the soul is the body, or at least some neural subset thereof.

 
    
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