If you read my other post you will see that I said that the fear we (I) experience is unnecessarily extreme for it to be an adaptation.
You mean this?
The problem with us, the humans, or some of us at least, is that the fear of death is much bigger than what it needs to be. I still think it is a by-product of having consciousness, and adds no real value to one’s survival. The level of fear that a duck might experience would be sufficient.
Are you sure what a duck experiences? And if you are right, are you sure that it does not need more?
You might be right that it is correlated with having consciousness, even if I would say, the level of consciousness. It is about knowing you will possibly die. A duck on land seeing a fox knows this, and all his biological system go for the ‘flight’ response. It is the same with us when we are threatened. But from a certain age on, we know we will die anyway. So we have a continuous fear of dying in the background. But is that extreme?
You always make the same mistake, GdB. No, we don’t have those mechanisms in order to survive, it’s the other way around: those who have certain mechanisms will survive.
Of course you are right, my expression is functional.
The point I want to make that very often you are prepared to ‘explain away’ certain cultural or psychological phenomena with some evolutionary explanation. But obviously it does not help you in coping with fear of death. Why not? Why would evolutionary explanations help in those other topics? Do they really touch the problems, when you understand them in terms of evolution?