Mortality Salience – The dread of dying
The book is a review of the effects on human behavior caused by consciousness and the foreknowledge of impending death brought to the human mind.
Whether we like to think so or not we are all sojourners on planet Earth. I have come to believe death is as much a natural feature of the life experience of humans as it is for all other living creatures. This belief is recorded here in book form and I trust the truth of my conviction will eventually triumph as the generally accepted conclusion of an evolving human consciousness. For those among my aging colleagues who have faith in the existence of an endless spiritual afterlife I must ask: If immortality is your destiny why is it necessary for you, like me, to get this old so fast?
About Don Reightley (Corrales, New Mexico Author)
Don Reightley has long been fascinated by a cosmos that gave rise to the Universe humans gaze at in moments of wonderment. He is also absorbed by the more down-to-earth causes that make humans behave in the often curious ways they do. After years of observation he found a way to combine interests by exploring the relationship that exists between human nature and nature itself.
The inanimate Universe behaves strictly according to natural laws set down in the Language of Mathematics. Humans must follow this cosmic mandate but, because of our conscious brain, they seem to possess an alien freedom of will. He cannot help wondering: What does this say about us and about the nature of consciousness?