Comment by bw on Cached Thoughts · 2007-10-12T17:38:28.000Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

The question is not whether it is a cached tought but whether it is a good thought. And what I claim is that it is both good and extremely difficult to understand precisely because of our natutal bias to avoid death. As for references, I suppose it is a central thought in continental philosophy since Hegel: Heidegger and Jonas but you can find it elsewhere, even as far away from existentialism as Mayr or Maturana.

Comment by bw on Cached Thoughts · 2007-10-12T05:22:56.000Z · score: -25 (25 votes) · LW · GW

Death gives meaning to life is a cached thought? No it is an extremely difficult and deep thought which the greatest thinkers of the last 200 hundred years have painstakingly developed. If you can't understand that you shouldn't be writing about these topics at all.