04 Jul '12, 3pm

Contemplate Your Own Death, Save the World

Contemplate Your Own Death, Save the World

As a rule, I generally refuse to contemplate my own mortality. Mostly because it's just a waste of energy; by the time I near death-age, there will be an abundance of immortality-guaranteeing super-technology, right? I should, for instance, be able to download my consciousness into a robot, or cybernetically regenerate my cells so that I can live forever. Ray Kurzweil told me so . Barring that, I can always cryogenically freeze my head. But it seems that I should be thinking more about death, after all, even though such ponderous topics make lousy fodder for blogging. Psychologists now have evidence that contemplating your own death activates what they call the "legacy motive"—a powerful but fleeting sense of generosity and drive to make the world a better place before you kick the bucket. TIME reports on a new study in Psychological Science : Momentary social cues about d...

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