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3 The Quantum Dispersal

and manifests itself therefore as an individual evolving being in a world in evolution. Until we understand what happens to a self in evolution it is better not to try to decide where our quanta go to when we die, for any answer will be a shot in the dark, perhaps going nowhere towards meeting the challenge of understanding death and the after death. From this side of death, i.e. in life, we can easily ascertain to what degree the “quantum theory� expounded in this essay is convincing. I have no doubt but that the facts of awareness I have collected in this life make it overwhelmingly convincing. Since I do not look at death as an event which saddens people, but as a phenomenon intimately related to life, I see it as one of the two limits defining the duration of a life. I look too at the other end and see two gametes merging, and the beginning of a new life that I have managed to see as a unit integrated with the continuum of all our lives. The slant in my thinking that takes account of energy, the connection with my knowledge that there is an indefinite supply of existing energy in the cosmos, has led me directly to the perception that if the egg can be moved by a minute amount of energy to gain access to the energy supply around it, that minute amount (or quantum of this life of mine) is what will be dispersed when the link with the rest of my energy system is severed. It is easy to see that, conscious of the link between the quantum and the means of experiencing, someone can choose to commit suicide, by any of the ways that cut off the relation to the

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On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

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