You’re Going To Die

But the precise moment when is a mystery in more ways than one:

The “self” is usually defined as consciousness. Lepidoptera metamorphosis challenges the logic of centering a declaration of death on irreversible lack of consciousness. No biologist claims that the caterpillar dies and a moth is born. It’s the same animal. Yet most of the caterpillar’s cells have died, irreversibly, particularly in the brain, far more than have died in human patients declared brain dead. Does the moth remember its life as a caterpillar? Does it feel as though it’s the same individual as it was during the prechrysalis days? Where is the “self” of the caterpillar?

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