Would you die naturally or live in Artificial Heaven?
January 17, 2017
Advancements in medicine and our increased knowledge of the human brain has raised some astonishing questions. We can alter our brains and thus our consciousness by sending impulses to our brains. What this means? Well, basically we could create a matrix world, a sort of ever lasting lucid dream where we are able to do whatever we desire. I believe this is going to be a question of life and death for humans in the future. Literally.
This topic is extremely broad so this post is going to be focused on the opportunities (or threats) when someone is close to facing death; The natural, devastating (as usually seen in our culture) and physical ending of a human being.
What is real death? In a nutshell, it's the completion of all biological functions, usually a result of a disease, biological aging or an accident.
Bodies of living organisms start to decompose straight after death. But what happens to our mind, to our soul, to our awareness? There is some science based discoveries stating that our mind can still "live" for a few minutes after our brain is shut down. But what happens after those limited minutes? Theres no right answer. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism have their own beliefs. These religions bring us hope and hope motivates us. But hope doesn't answer the ultimate question; What really happens to us after death? Heaven or Hell? Are you born again? Does your soul live? We can believe whatever we want to and that gives us freedom, but simultaneously the lack of certainty cumulates stress and anxiety. Strongly religious people aren't afraid of death. Are you? Did you have time to do everything you wanted? Is it just going to be endless black? Death is deep. It's nothing, but it's all.
The idea of your mind living in a paradise after your death sounds too good to be true. But I strongly believe, this is going to be the reality in around 40-60 years. This isn't a religion. This is a creation of conscious states. It's pure science. So lets say your 93 years old, laying on the hospital bed knowing that your time is becoming to its end. You sign with your mind or finger (depending how advanced our tech is in 2067, but definitely not pen and paper) an agreement where you decide if you want to go to the paradise island or if you want a natural death. The paradise island, the Artificial Heaven could be a simulation or it could be connected to others. It could be personalized or common for everyone. You may live a couple of years in Hawaii and learn how to surf. One year you could be Batman the other James Bond. Or you could just party on the beach with your best friends forever. Sounds pretty decent right?
You live this amazing life and you feel everything but in reality your just a vegetable attached to a machine. Essentially, we live in this fictional universe while being in a coma. If we all "live" like this, who will take care of us and where are we stored with everyone else? Can you shut off once you've decided to go to Artificial Heaven? There are still societal shortcomings, but my intuition says these can and will be solved in the future (a little hint for you, if interested in financial freedom).
Your Final Decision
So in 40, 50, 60, 70 years from now you face the most important decision in your life; Will you live in Artificial Heaven or will you take the natural way? You know that Artificial Heaven will be just pure awesomeness, but real death will be based on your beliefs and your hopes. It could be as awesome as Artificial Heaven or even better. Or it could be insanely lame. Will there be a second world waiting for you or not? Remember, your playing with big stakes here. Truly religious people will undoubtedly go for the natural option. But what about you?
Pro Tip: Ask yourself what you genuinely believe in and answer honestly. No need for a coin toss.