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If matter can be neither created nor destroyed, does that not necessitate that d

  1. jstelletello profile image57
    jstelletelloposted 6 years ago

    If matter can be neither created nor destroyed, does that not necessitate that death is not the end?

    We as humans exist as matter, thus by this same theory we cannot be destroyed. Death is simply another part of existence. There is then left to question what is outside the physical realm and if the same laws apply.

  2. frugalfamily profile image75
    frugalfamilyposted 6 years ago

    Your description is actually talking about what many people think are two different things.  The physical matter in us is no different than that of the trees and flowers.  We return to the ground and our matter is reconstructed and forced back into the world.  Even as ashes, our physical existence never truly ends.  The spiritual self is the area full of debate.  Some believe our spirit is recycled, and others think it is unique to only one us.

  3. Sethareal profile image77
    Setharealposted 6 years ago

    This goes back to a pre-socratic debate over whether change was the fundamental property of the universe. Democritus brilliantly reconciled the opposing views by agreeing that they both were right and that there existed something that never changed, but the ever changing world was merely a reconfiguration of these unchanging things. He called them Atoms, thus atomic theory was reached with none of our modern science.

    So in answer to your question I will ask another:

    "Are you the matter that comprises you, or a specific range of configurations of that matter?"

    Even if your matter is never created or destroyed, whatever 'you' are will certainly cease to exist once that matter has changed significantly enough to no longer represent whatever it is that you are.

  4. nightwork4 profile image59
    nightwork4posted 6 years ago

    one has nothing to do with the other. how does matter  not being able to be destroyed have anything to do with life or death is beyond me.

  5. Sesshoumaru2st profile image58
    Sesshoumaru2stposted 6 years ago

    Come on dude,don't try to make this difficult.When you die your body matter transfer into different energy states.Your body will not reform itself over time either(therefore you lose consciousness of being a person,same as not existing).This is not evaporation.When you're dead,you're dead.If you don't want to die,figure out some way to turn energy into matter with your mind,then use that method to recreate your cells,or give your body enough energy to do it.Then learn to manipulate your magnetic field ,so that you can push and pull anything that is matter away,or towards you.
    good luck.

  6. peterxdunn profile image59
    peterxdunnposted 6 years ago

    The distinction between matter and energy is becoming increasingly blurred - theorists use very loose terms these days: so much so that it often appears that they aren't making any distinction at all.

    As for equating the laws of thermodynamics with eternal life - sorry - it's a non-starter. We are configurations of matter/energy. When the configurations: that constitute us, change in some significant way then we cease to be us and become something else. We do go on, but we are re-cycled like everything else in the universe, into different forms and configurations.

    Ask yourself this: what happens to a food animal after it has been eaten? Does the cow/sheep (whatever) carry on? No - it has been incorporated (recycled) into something else: such as the muscle tissue that constitutes your biceps.

  7. sam3m profile image61
    sam3mposted 6 years ago

    in death, the function of our body ceases and the materials transform by deterioration into other kinds of matter rather than being destroyed.  what happens to the mind may be the important question.  it could be that as the brain ceases to function because it has no fuel, our mind (thoughts) die as well.

  8. mcrawford76 profile image84
    mcrawford76posted 6 years ago

    On a metabolic level, a dead body is no different from a live one. We are in fact all made of matter, and that matter is in constant motion, alive or dead. So by that point, if we are always in motion, we're actually never here. Just more likely to be here than not.