A nerdy artist's ramblings about atheism, philosophy, games, movies and, on rare occasions, art.
I’m mentioned on TV Tropes. I recently took over as artist for the webcomic Everyday Heroes and the TV Tropes page has rather quickly reflected this. Cool.
EDIT: Should note, the latest comic is not drawn by me as I had a really busy week and Ed went ahead and did that one for me.
What happens when we die? Do you fear death?
Much as even the most respected atheists like to, I think it’s a bit redundant to open my answer with “Nobody really knows, but I think that…” as it’s such an obvious declaration that I find it rather tiresome, so I’m going to just dispense with that formality.
As I don’t believe we have “souls” that supersede our living bodies, I consider my entire body to be ‘me’. My personality is controlled and established entirely by my favourite organ: My brain. Just like all of my other vital organs, my brain will cease to function when I die…that’s kind of what dying is. Without my brain functioning, my consciousness will cease to be. I will not go into a void of nothingness, I will not go to an afterlife. I simply won’t be; talking in terms of my persona anyway. I will eventually decay and deteriorate as corpses do.
To be honest, this is something that I actually find unsettling. I’m not going to choose to not believe it just because I find the idea unattractive, but it’s one of few things about my understanding of life that I’m actually rather uncomfortable with. I know following my death, the discomfort won’t exist anymore as none of my feelings will, but I do think, ludicrous though it may be, that an afterlife is a very pleasant premise. I don’t think that because I want to live in eternal salvation, but simply because I’d love to be able to keep learning about the world forever.
Some people talk about how they might consider immortality a curse; to be stuck living while everyone around you keeps dying. There would be a lot of rough times, sure, but on the whole I would love to live forever and have the opportunity to never stop learning.
Just today, I learned my new, favourite word: Sapiosexual - to be sexually attracted to intelligence.