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Uploaded on May 11, 2008
Could you stand by and watch a person being tortured slowly by fire until they died? What crime would they have to commit, in your opinion, to deserve such a punishment? If you locked someone in a burning room, would that play on your conscience?
Some believe atheists deserve an infinitely grislier fate than this, simply for doubting the existence of a being that doesn't openly present itself. I've always been curious about that.
For anyone confused about the last line, I am referring to phases of non-dreaming sleep. Clearly, dreaming sleep involves a form of consciousness. There is no suggestion that unconscious brain activity stops during sleep, nor is there any claim of 'absolute nothingness'. The idea is simply that we have whole chunks of our (non-dreaming) sleeping time that are - to all intents and purposes - 'blank' to us. This regular blankness doesn't freak us out, so nor should the idea of blankness after death. There is no claim that death is identical to non-dreaming sleep. The point concerns absence of conscious awareness *to all intents and purposes*.