The Afterlife

I personally think that we are our brains, and that when they die so do we. I really see no convincing reason to think otherwise. I think people came up with the idea of an afterlife; because,  the alternative wasn’t as comforting. Death is the ultimate loss whether it’s us personally who dies or just someone we know. Contemplating mortality is often saddening and scary ;because, we are smart enough to know there is no escaping.

Death is certain. Life is uncertain. We are truly lucky to be alive at all. We are even luckier to be conscious humans. I instantly become amazed at the great fortune I’ve run into every time I think: I am human! I get to look up at the stars at night, feel the sun shine upon me, talk, walk, think, breathe, have relationships, but sadly one day it all has to go away, and I don’t want to go. I’m not fearful of death; because I know nothing bad is going to happen. I may not be going to heaven, but I’m also not going to hell. I just don’t want to lose everything I have. I suppose if humans didn’t have a survival instinct we’d be extinct by now, so it is only natural and healthy that I don’t want to go. Still, if there was an immortality pill, I’d take it.

Knowing there’s nothing beyond this frail thing we call life, I choose to make the most of it. I keep my loved ones close. I try to avoid petty arguments. I do the things that make me happy. I try to make all my dreams come true. I try to accomplish my goals. I figure in the end, perhaps quality is better than quantity.


Is Mathematics the Language of Science? I’m Annoyed.

So, why am I annoyed? Some scientists are using parts of mathematics that lend themselves to describing the natural world, and then throwing the rest out. Then, they call it “the language of science.” I find that annoying; because the idea is both misinformed and very popular. Now, I study mostly applied mathematics, and I take quiet a few science courses. However, I have a healthy appreciation of proofs and theories in pure mathematics. I don’t ignore half of mathematics. Mathematics has much more to it than just being a tool for scientists. It is true that sometimes pure mathematics can turn into applied mathematics, but this is not always the case. Mathematics is its own subject for a very good reason, and there is a lot more to it than just what is used in science.

To be sure, mathematics can certainly be used as a powerful descriptor of the natural world, but that is not all it is. Mathematics is a very unique human activity, and it cannot be summed up as just a language . Mathematics is a special and unique mode of thinking. It can be very logical, but intuition comes into play frequently. It is also creative even artistic. The jury is still out on exactly what mathematics is, and why it happens that some of it happens to be very useful in describing the natural world. However, let’s not cut out huge chunks out of it in order to make it the language of science.