Philosophers who believe that death is the end,because they do not believe that there is any such thin assoul or incorporeal mind to survive bodily death, haveoffered up their own concepts of immortality to helpreconcile us to our physical demise. These are notconcepts of the immortality of the soul, or of anycontinuation into the future offered as something likeconsolations to which we can cling.
The following discussionslook at the most standard:1. Social Immortality2. Cultural Immortality3. Cosmic immortality4. Scientific immortality
SocialImmortalityThis conceptbelongs to people thatwhen they die, they will liveon in their children. This isa belief that we can leavesomething of ourselvesbehind when we die,throughout geneticoffspring.
Cultural ImmortalityThis relates with people who would like toachieve immortality through their artistic works.
Cosmic ImmortalityPeople who belong to this group usually saywhen they die, "I want to be cremated an my ashes bespread out in the forest, because when my moleculescan enter the earth, and then enter the plants and theanimals who feed on those plants, and I will bedisbursed, spread around to the point that, ultimately, Iwill be blended in with the universe, and have a sort ofcosmic immortality.".
Scientific ImmortalityThis is certainly the most interesting, because itis only one to address our desire to live on, not just inmemories of others, in the products of our work, or inour molecules, but with conscious experience. Here,we want to live on as a person, not just an influence.
-With the modern medical advancements, we can preserve ourlooks and be "better/younger" physiologically in contrast withour chronological age.-Surgery and transplant have extended many peoples lives farbeyond what they would otherwise have been.-The rise of Cryonics ( practice of freezing dead in hopes thatonce medical science has come out to understand how toreverse their condition, they can be thawed out to new andendless life)- Rise of generation of computers which will be able ofsupporting all the contents of neural system.