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Death. Thoughts?

yzzlthtzyzzlthtz Registered User regular
edited June 2009 in Debate and/or Discourse
Dying. It happens all the time, we simulate it endlessly in media and games. We all gotta do it some day. So what's it gonna be like, during afterwords?
Heaven, Hell, Elaborate Multiverse, Nothing?
Any special preparations/deeds to accomplish before you go?
Preferred methods of departure?

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    Witch_Hunter_84Witch_Hunter_84 Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I flatlined once for a minute after I was in a car wreck. It felt like going to sleep and then being rudely awakened by some dick paramedic with shock paddles.

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    firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I flatlined once for a minute after I was in a car wreck. It felt like going to sleep and then being rudely awakened by some dick paramedic with shock paddles.

    Please tell me you attempted to give him hell for interrupting your (eternal) rest.

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    DashuiDashui Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    As far as after death, most of the people here are probably going to say nothing. It's one reason why I don't like spiritual discussions on D&D because there are not enough opposing views.

    But my preferred method of departure? I want my eyes to suddenly start spurting blood, a giant gush of such incredible velocity, as I scream in terror and pain. My flesh will then explode off my body, revealing a mass of innards reconfiguring itself! The alien parasite in my brain stem has finally matured and my muscles and bones and DNA change and shift into an unsightly killing machine. My horrifying, mangled corpse begins slaughtering the innocent, infecting more and more bodies with it's evil spawn. Humanity gets pushed to the brink of extinction as it soon finds itself waging a war against the mutated monstrosities of fallen brothers and sisters.

    Then it turns out you can kill them with water and everything was just an M. Night Shyamalan movie.

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Death is like being RoboCOP - when you're switched off, you see nothing until you are turned on again. This nothingness only lasts for seconds even though scientists are building your appendages and such and months of development time pass.

    When are you turned on again? When the angel Gabriel blows his horn and all the dead pop out of the ground for Judgment Day, of course.

    And that's how Death works.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I was actually thinking about this the other day. I mean there's truly no way of knowing it, unless you're Keifer Sutherland. Even people who's heart has stopped and then been resuscitated can't really say, since there's a difference between cardiac arrest and the actual ceasing of all brain activity. I wish there was a way to find out without becoming evil afterwards.

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    firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    I was actually thinking about this the other day. I mean there's truly no way of knowing it, unless you're Keifer Sutherland. Even people who's heart has stopped and then been resuscitated can't really say, since there's a difference between cardiac arrest and the actual ceasing of all brain activity. I wish there was a way to find out without becoming evil afterwards.

    That scene in the subway scared the hell out of me the first time I saw that movie.

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Here's a scary medical condition:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cataplexy#Diagnosis

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    CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    There's got to be just more to it than this, or tell me why do we exist? I'd like to think that when I die, I'd get a chance, another time! And to return and live again, reincarnate, play the game.

    Again and again and again and agaaaaaaaaaaaiiin.

    :whistle:

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    sligmastasligmasta Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    yzzlthtz wrote: »
    Dying. It happens all the time, we simulate it endlessly in media and games. We all gotta do it some day.
    Preferred methods of departure?


    What makes you think i'm gonna die? because eveyone else before me has? well that, good sir, is inductive reasoning! and inductive reasoning can not be 100% correct!

    also, dying sounds stupid, im not doin it

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    ObsObs __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2009
    What if when you die you are just stuck eternally at whatever your last conscious state was?

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    HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    So what you're saying is die while having and orgasm?

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    Pi-r8Pi-r8 Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    "The best part about dying is, you'll get to find out what happens after you're dead."
    Can't remember where I heard that, but I always liked that quote.

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    NoneoftheaboveNoneoftheabove Just a conforming non-conformist. Twilight ZoneRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I was morbidly thinking about this last night before bed, realizing the moment I fell asleep I would not be aware of myself any longer. So I briefly thought about that concept as if I were dying in a way. Sleep after all, is like a little slice of death. I awoke many hours later recalling how I felt before I lost consciousness and I realize that if death were exactly that - Would it be so bad? Painless to suddenly cease in existance and troublesome to want to continue living when the time does come. I suppose I would want my death to come after a full and happy life, and painlessly peaceful and sudden without time to contemplate my soon non-existance.

    Mark Twain explained that concept more eloquently than me.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I'll be sure to tell you what it's like as soon as I get there.

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    AegeriAegeri Tiny wee bacteriums Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I flatlined once for a minute after I was in a car wreck. It felt like going to sleep and then being rudely awakened by some dick paramedic with shock paddles.

    Please tell me you attempted to give him hell for interrupting your (eternal) rest.

    Presumably after just being bought back as a zombie he ate his brains.

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    GreasyKidsStuffGreasyKidsStuff MOMMM! ROAST BEEF WANTS TO KISS GIRLS ON THE TITTIES!Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Cherrn wrote: »
    There's got to be just more to it than this, or tell me why do we exist? I'd like to think that when I die, I'd get a chance, another time! And to return and live again, reincarnate, play the game.

    Again and again and again and agaaaaaaaaaaaiiin.

    :whistle:

    Is that a song? I swear it sounds like an Iron Maiden lyric...

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    firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'll be sure to tell you what it's like as soon as I get there.

    Make sure to make all the phones on the planet ring at once as well.

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    DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'll be sure to tell you what it's like as soon as I get there.

    Eh. It's not that great.

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    redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I was morbidly thinking about this last night before bed, realizing the moment I fell asleep I would not be aware of myself any longer. So I briefly thought about that concept as if I were dying in a way. Sleep after all, is like a little slice of death. I awoke many hours later recalling how I felt before I lost consciousness and I realize that if death were exactly that - Would it be so bad? Painless to suddenly cease in existance and troublesome to want to continue living when the time does come. I suppose I would want my death to come after a full and happy life, and painlessly peaceful and sudden without time to contemplate my soon non-existance.

    Mark Twain explained that concept more eloquently than me.

    Twain is fucking thief and a great writer.

    Plato did a good job with it as well.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'll be sure to tell you what it's like as soon as I get there.

    Eh. It's not that great.

    They have strip joints in Hell.
    You're the stripper.

    I guess I should try to answer a little more seriously.

    Being a person of faith, there's Heaven and Hell. I like to think that the former grants reincarnation should one want to do so, since life can be pretty enjoyable (without having to be a batshit insane sinner). Reincarnation out of Hell would imply one doing their time, in a sense. I'm not sure if that's the score though. Maybe the deeper the level the more severe you were a twat while alive and the longer you suffer.

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    NoneoftheaboveNoneoftheabove Just a conforming non-conformist. Twilight ZoneRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Even if there is reincarnation, isn't that just as bad as ceasing to exist? Consider the self you were previously is now fully forgotten. My consciousness may have been given another a pass at existence, but my consciousness as it is now would not be able to appreciate it.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    yzzlthtz wrote: »
    Dying. It happens all the time, we simulate it endlessly in media and games. We all gotta do it some day. So what's it gonna be like, during afterwords?
    Heaven, Hell, Elaborate Multiverse, Nothing?
    Any special preparations/deeds to accomplish before you go?
    Preferred methods of departure?

    It's an awful lot like living, only the exact opposite.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Even if there is reincarnation, isn't that just as bad as ceasing to exist? Consider the self you were previously is now fully forgotten. My consciousness may have been given another a pass at existence, but my consciousness as it is now would not be able to appreciate it.

    I would consider it a prolonged fugue state. You'll remember all lives lived while up in the big kingdom in the sky, but during each life you won't remember a damn thing.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    redx wrote: »
    I was morbidly thinking about this last night before bed, realizing the moment I fell asleep I would not be aware of myself any longer. So I briefly thought about that concept as if I were dying in a way. Sleep after all, is like a little slice of death. I awoke many hours later recalling how I felt before I lost consciousness and I realize that if death were exactly that - Would it be so bad? Painless to suddenly cease in existance and troublesome to want to continue living when the time does come. I suppose I would want my death to come after a full and happy life, and painlessly peaceful and sudden without time to contemplate my soon non-existance.

    Mark Twain explained that concept more eloquently than me.

    Twain is fucking thief and a great writer.

    Plato did a good job with it as well.

    His wasn't as witty.
    Mark Twain wrote:
    Heaven for the climate, Hell for the atmosphere.

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    DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Henroid wrote: »
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'll be sure to tell you what it's like as soon as I get there.

    Eh. It's not that great.

    They have strip joints in Hell.
    You're the stripper.
    But they're stripping the flesh from your bones for all eternity

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    Psycho Internet HawkPsycho Internet Hawk Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Dying is great, if you're using it in the Shakespearean sense of "Die all, die merrily."
    "To die" actually used be a euphamism for jizzing. I sort of wish it still was.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'll be sure to tell you what it's like as soon as I get there.

    Eh. It's not that great.

    They have strip joints in Hell.
    You're the stripper.
    But they're stripping the flesh from your bones for all eternity

    Inaccurate.
    According to the Bible your soul goes to Hell to die.

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    Psycho Internet HawkPsycho Internet Hawk Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Henroid wrote: »
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'll be sure to tell you what it's like as soon as I get there.

    Eh. It's not that great.

    They have strip joints in Hell.
    You're the stripper.
    But they're stripping the flesh from your bones for all eternity

    Inaccurate.
    According to the Bible your soul goes to Hell to die.

    Wait, so "hell" isn't really an accurate response to "what happens after death? Huh.

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    redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    moniker wrote: »
    redx wrote: »
    I was morbidly thinking about this last night before bed, realizing the moment I fell asleep I would not be aware of myself any longer. So I briefly thought about that concept as if I were dying in a way. Sleep after all, is like a little slice of death. I awoke many hours later recalling how I felt before I lost consciousness and I realize that if death were exactly that - Would it be so bad? Painless to suddenly cease in existance and troublesome to want to continue living when the time does come. I suppose I would want my death to come after a full and happy life, and painlessly peaceful and sudden without time to contemplate my soon non-existance.

    Mark Twain explained that concept more eloquently than me.

    Twain is fucking thief and a great writer.

    Plato did a good job with it as well.

    His wasn't as witty.
    Mark Twain wrote:
    Heaven for the climate, Hell for the atmosphere.

    I can't really dispute that.


    I'm pretty sure dying is typically a lot like doing a crap tonne of Nitrous Oxide. Pretty lights and a disassociate somewhat self reflective state as your brain dies from shock.

    How does it feel to be dead? I assume it doesn't. That there is no more existence. I really don't want death to be like sleeping, but that's just because I'm frequently varying degrees of conscious while I'm asleep.

    I'd like to die from massive unexpected head trauma. No pain, no fear, just suddenly nothingness that you don't experience.

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    This little lady takes you on a mysterious journey.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Henroid wrote: »
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'll be sure to tell you what it's like as soon as I get there.

    Eh. It's not that great.

    They have strip joints in Hell.
    You're the stripper.
    But they're stripping the flesh from your bones for all eternity

    Inaccurate.
    According to the Bible your soul goes to Hell to die.

    Wait, so "hell" isn't really an accurate response to "what happens after death? Huh.

    It is. But you die in life, then you go to Hell to die forever. Then again, I'm fairly sure there's something in the Bible about how Judgment Day will involve souls being liberated from Hell.

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    TheDragonTheDragon Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Maybe we're all just slivers of a global consciousness, fragmented off to understand the world from different points of view, and to learn about ourselves and each other. After we die, we merge with that global consciousness and contribute what we've learned, as well as understand all that has been learned by the billions before us. We may be able to look upon the world and understand how it's changing. Possibly even fragmenting off again at some point to reincarnate and contribute once again...

    More fun to believe that than thinking that nothing happens after death, am I right??

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    TheDragonTheDragon Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    redx wrote: »
    I'd like to die from massive unexpected head trauma. No pain, no fear, just suddenly nothingness that you don't experience.

    I think it'd suck to die without seeing it coming. I'd rather die virtually painlessly, but fully consciously, to appreciate my good life up to here, reflect on how I'm dying, say bye to loved ones if they're around, and experience the transition to death to see what it's like. But maybe that's just me? I've seen a few people already say they want to die quickly, painlessly, and abruptly without warning.

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    Run Run RunRun Run Run __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2009
    I want to be found after three weeks, when the neighbors notice the stench.

    My corpse bloated, bodily fluids seeping into the carpet.

    My cat will have eaten my eyes and tongue.

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    programjunkieprogramjunkie Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    TheDragon wrote: »
    Maybe we're all just slivers of a global consciousness, fragmented off to understand the world from different points of view, and to learn about ourselves and each other. After we die, we merge with that global consciousness and contribute what we've learned, as well as understand all that has been learned by the billions before us. We may be able to look upon the world and understand how it's changing. Possibly even fragmenting off again at some point to reincarnate and contribute once again...

    More fun to believe that than thinking that nothing happens after death, am I right??

    Creepy. "Unit K-300276324, please prepare to be subsumed into the All. Your individuality is no longer required."

    Which is why what I hope happens after people is they get to play choose their own adventure for all of eternity, or until they decide to just cease to exist. Heaven with choirs of angels and shit like that is not my idea of a perfect existence. I can think of a billion things I'd rather do, and it'd be cool if I got a chance to do them.

    What I think probably happens is the cessation of existence, because I don't think life after death is supported by any sort of real evidence. That's not the worst possible scenario, but not very good either.

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    Psycho Internet HawkPsycho Internet Hawk Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I want to have an open casket funeral. With my entrails removed and replaced with fireworks.

    SURPISE!

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    redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    TheDragon wrote: »
    redx wrote: »
    I'd like to die from massive unexpected head trauma. No pain, no fear, just suddenly nothingness that you don't experience.

    I think it'd suck to die without seeing it coming. I'd rather die virtually painlessly, but fully consciously, to appreciate my good life up to here, reflect on how I'm dying, say bye to loved ones if they're around, and experience the transition to death to see what it's like. But maybe that's just me? I've seen a few people already say they want to die quickly, painlessly, and abruptly without warning.

    I suppose don't have a terribly positive outlook on life, and don't really want to spend my last moment regretting the mess it was.

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    yzzlthtzyzzlthtz Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    emnmnme wrote: »
    Death is like being RoboCOP - when you're switched off, you see nothing until you are turned on again. This nothingness only lasts for seconds even though scientists are building your appendages and such and months of development time pass.

    When are you turned on again? When the angel Gabriel blows his horn and all the dead pop out of the ground for Judgment Day, of course.

    And that's how Death works.

    That's gonna be one heckuva zombie uprising.

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    DortmunderDortmunder Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I don't know how I'll die, I just hope it won't be out in the middle of the endless ocean. Nothing but darkness below me. And sharks.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    yzzlthtz wrote: »
    emnmnme wrote: »
    Death is like being RoboCOP - when you're switched off, you see nothing until you are turned on again. This nothingness only lasts for seconds even though scientists are building your appendages and such and months of development time pass.

    When are you turned on again? When the angel Gabriel blows his horn and all the dead pop out of the ground for Judgment Day, of course.

    And that's how Death works.

    That's gonna bone heckuva zombie uprising.

    Which is why I'm going to be buried in kevlar and with a bullet/machete proof helmet that has a working jaw so as to get to the tasty brain meats of my victims. Let's see you bastards take me down.

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