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Old 10-27-2019, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Brain seems to categorise death as something that only befalls other people.

Warning: this story is about death. You might want to click away now.

That’s because, researchers say, our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/...m-mortal-truth
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I find that hard to believe. I’ve had a morbid fascination with my own death since I was a teen, on my mind almost every day.
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:43 AM
 
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In my early years, maybe twenties or so, I was worried about dying. A lot. Things are different now. I just hope I go in a non-painful way.
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:53 AM
 
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My interpretation of the study they did was that our brain - knowing we're alive - can't reconcile ourselves and death in a "here and now" sort of way.

When I was 20 I thought I'd live to 120. Now I'd be content with 90+ if I still have mobility, continence and my marbles.

The big differentiator for me is having children. When I die I know they will go on, and hopefully have their own children during my lifetime.
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Old 10-29-2019, 11:08 AM
 
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Guardian articles are very sensationalist and poorly written. Mortality shapes all of our decisions, like whether to walk alone, where to live, our long term plans. There might be more to the study than how the Guardian is reporting it.
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:38 PM
 
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I find that hard to believe. I’ve had a morbid fascination with my own death since I was a teen, on my mind almost every day.
Yes, me too, I worry about this all the time! My mind is always creating 'worst case scenarios' for what my afterlife will be like, its kept me up at night a few times too!!


None of my friends or family is like this, they dont seem to ever think about it, its like they dont even care what happens! I have one friend, and we got to talking about this one time and he said he was banking on God letting him 'sleep' forever...Thats a pretty BIG chance to take imo, I asked him how he was so sure God would go along, he didnt seem to care one way or the other.


My main worry is that it will be terrible suffering of some kind, and there will be absolutely nothing I could do to escape it, death is like diving headfirst into a new world, that you know NOTHING about!
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