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RELI 2732
Angela Sumegi

Second ClassJanuary1312553 PMWatch lecture for errors in course packLast class we talked about how ways that Death is defined in modern cultureNoted that the definitions centered on physical facts of sensation heartbeat and brain activityThere is also suggestions that death can be defined as the loss of social interactionsinteresting comment because many people have to deal with the reality that someone they care for is technically alive but has absolutely no capacity for any kind of interactions example someone living because of a machineSlippery slope if we define death as a loss of social interactionsOne of the biggest questions of death in cultures iswhat happens afterwardsIn many cultures people have said that they have had a glimps of time beyond life place beyond this placesuch reports have aspired belief or disbelief to many peopleProfessor read the WWI report of Vaughan Henshaw on his near Death ExperienceThis report basically describes that he saw a bright light and that he wanted to enter it to see whats behind that bright light But then he comes back down and sees his comrades beside his body and he is confused that he sees his bodyThen all of a sudden he comes back to life againNear death experienceNDEnow it is also called out of body experience OBEIn Tebetin budist literatureit is said that when they are dieing the person would experience an intersection between death and lifeQuestions that ariseDO these reported experiences constitute proof of survival after death or life after deathIs this what happens to all of us when we diePerhaps for those who have been profoundly effected and altered by their experienceMost of the scientific explanations have related to biology or psychology to describe thisThe theme return from the dead seems to be universal across all the cultures Check out the link The day I died on YOUTUBEThe scientific definition of death is defined as the sensation of physical then presumably mental processes But to investigate the phenomenon of deathwe have to examine the significant of the facts to uswhat is the significance of the sensation of physical processes What does death mean to usDo all processes that define a person seize at death This is the question that leads us to consider the relationship between identity and death example the question who diesWhen we talk about birth and deaththen we can think about the whole notion of dieing as identifying ones self as something that exists separatelyThe most significant thing lost from death is the ones identitybecause its is the loss of one identity If we say the loss of creativity etcthat all comes from separate identity What am I what is my identity Who is the one who diesTo understand death we need to explore the ways we define ourselvesand how that self definition relates to deathso words like identity soul personalitythese are all concepts that relate to the question WHO AM I What is my identity What am I or more appropriate to this course Who dies Who is the oneThis appears common to all cultures past and presentAll societies and cultures have expressed their belief that the physical material body is only 1 aspect of a personTO be a person involves theNew Section 1 Page 1
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