<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Wilson (P. Eddy) - Is Seamless Post-Mortem Existence Necessary for Survival? (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21952.htm">Is Seamless Post-Mortem Existence Necessary for Survival?</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Wilson (P. Eddy).htm">Wilson (P. Eddy)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Thinking About Religion, Volume 4, Copyright 2004</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21952.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PapersToNotes_21952.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Imagine three trapeze artists at the circus. The man on the left has a firm hold on his partner. As he swings her toward the center of the tent the man on the right swings in to receive the woman. The audience is in suspense as they await the hand-off. For a moment the woman flies through the air with no visible means of support. Her life is suspended in mid-air. Were the man on the right not in position to receive the woman she would fall to her death. </li><li>Suppose the trapeze artist on the left represents life, and the man on the right represents <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">after-life</A><SUP>1</SUP>. Were the man on the left not to release his partner until she was firmly in the grasp of the man on the right, they would complete a seamless hand-off. The hand-off would occur without allowing the woman to slip into free fall. </li><li>Some non-Cartesian philosophers like <a name="6"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/V/Author_Van Inwagen (Peter).htm">Peter Van Inwagen</A> and <a name="7"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Corcoran (Kevin).htm">Kevin Corcoran</A> have given a seamless account of the passage from life to <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">after-life</A><SUP>2</SUP>. Seamless solutions require that there be no spatial or temporal gap between life and <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">after-life</A><SUP>3</SUP>. </li><li>In this essay I shall challenge the notion that seamless accounts offer the most adequate description of <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">post-mortem survival</A><SUP>4</SUP>. I want to suggest that <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">post-mortem survival</A><SUP>5</SUP> <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P21952_6">is not necessarily gapless survival</A></U><SUB>6</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P21952_6"></A>.</li><li>Only after I have examined the assumptions made in materialists accounts shall I suggest an alternative. The type of survival I shall argue for shall be more analogous to a hand-off where the person must enter and exit a free-fall state. </li></ul></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>For the paper, see <a name="W3767W"></a><A HREF = "http://apollos.ws/general-immortality/Is%20Seamless%20Post-Mortem%20Existence%20Necessary%20for%20Survival.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (Defunct).<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P21952_6"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P21952_6"><B>Footnote 6</B></A></U>: <FONT COLOR = "800080">I suppose there may be some exceptional cases where survival would be seamless, but I take it to be the case that most cases of survival are cases where the individual must transcend some spatial or temporal gap. </FONT> <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T09:44" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:44:53</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>