Zero is still a number, it’s not a negative. If negative experiences were negative then wouldn’t they be represented by -1? Is there a reason why it couldn’t be -1?
Zero is neither positive or negative. It is the absence of anything. In order for an experience to have a non-zero value, there first has to be an experience. But “it” (I assume you mean death, the state of being dead) is the absence of any experience.
If I were making a claim to what happens after death, then I’d agree with you but I’m not, so I don’t.
You’re claiming that something happens (or might happen) after death. But nothing does. Why is that so hard to accept? It reminds me of the idea that life must have meaning. It may be comforting to think it, but wishful thinking doesn’t make it so.
It’s obvious why you would regard my comments as faith. Either you haven’t realized, or you disagree, that the science you’ve banked your position on regarding the nature of perception actually has a lot of good questions hanging over it, questions that leave many scientists unconvinced for good reasons. Your certainty is based on an unproven theory.
Yes, yes. I’ve heard that same argument from the biblical literalists. There are an amazing number of sources dedicated to proving that evolution is impossible, or to debunking all the science that shows the world is more than 6,000 years old, blah blah blah. I’m sure there are plenty of sources that prove consciousness comes from the Ether instead of our heads and continues on after we do. How exactly does that work, anyway? There must be a theory of how “consciousness” can exist sans brain cells? I’ll bet Microsoft is studying that phenomenon. Their next version of Windows won’t need hardware to run.
Maybe you think that’s tangential to the original post, but I disagree. Before I buy a non-zero value for non-existence, I’ll have to be convinced that experience is possible in a state of non-existence.
Like I said, that ‘fact’ is far from conclusive.
If it makes you feel better to believe in experience after death, then drive on. Why should you be held to a higher standard than the Christians or the Muslims or the Scientologists? Why should you be taken any more seriously than them, or ouigee boards or magic eight-balls? I don’t see the difference.