Mr. Stolyarov, an atheist and transhumanist, critiques the video “Afterlife” – is a compilation of remarks by Seth Andrews (TheThinkingAtheist) and other famous YouTube atheists regarding the religious concept of life after death. However, the video goes beyond merely (correctly) critiquing ideas of the afterlife, and reflects an unfortunate acceptance of human mortality itself. The “Afterlife” video does present many interesting and valid insights, but it unfortunately throws the metaphorical baby — indefinite human life extension, driven by scientific discoveries and technological innovation — out with the bathwater — religious myths of an afterlife, unsubstantiated by evidence and arising out of a desire to attain comfort in the face of mortality.
Commentators to whom Mr. Stolyarov responds include DarkMatter2525, DPRJones, Evid3nc3, HealthyAddict, Laci Green, Thunderf00t, Mark Twain, and Vladimir Nabokov. He invites any of these commentators (except, of course, Twain and Nabokov) to discuss these ideas further.
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- “Afterlife” – Video by TheThinkingAtheist
- “An Atheist Transhumanist Critique of TheThinkingAtheist’s ‘Afterlife’ Video” – Essay by G. Stolyarov II
- “The Movement for Indefinite Life Extension: The Next Step for Humankind” – Article by G. Stolyarov II
- Resources on Indefinite Life Extension (RILE)
- “The Real War – and Why Inter-Human Wars Are a Distraction” – Video by G. Stolyarov II
- “How Can I Live Forever?: What Does and Does Not Preserve the Self” – Essay by G. Stolyarov II
- “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs” – Wikipedia