Giving Up the Ghost: Are You Someone Else’s Afterlife?

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“I think that humans may have evolved from apes, because the simians openly imitate humans, as if conscious of a higher state, whereas the humans who act like apes are likely to deny it when criticized” – Charles Hoy Fort

Which one are you? Which one are you?

I think you may be a ghost.  Don’t take it the wrong way.  It’s not a reflection on your character.  You’re actually quite charming.  You’re just not real.  Well, maybe you are real, but you certainly aren’t metaphysically necessary, that is, in the purely necessetarian sense that absolute volition is an illusion and that all action is predetermined by external or internal antecedents.  An amorphous blob of protoplasm would serve just as nicely.  Maybe this implicit denial of free will and devaluation of our presumed special dispensation in the universe offends you?  You could fall back on the slightly milder “hard determinism” and admit that the…

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