One of the distinguishing features of Homo Sapiens, supposedly, is that we possess the awareness of our own inevitable death. Of course, we don't know for sure that other creatures are not aware of their own mortality. But it's safe to say only humans have the capacity to express an existential dread of death.
Terror Management Theory (TMT) is a branch of psychology that has arisen out of the work of social anthropologist Ernest Becker and his book, "The Denial of Death". The theory is that humans are uniquely conscious of their own mortality which generates existential dread.
I am going to go out on a limb. Go out there with me for a bit. I've taken some drugs in my time. Admittedly, most were legal and common: caffeine, alcohol, aspirin, statins, the list is long. But I've also sampled a few currently on the illegal list: marijuana, mescaline, psilocybin. The line demarcating the two lists is largely drawn with a... Full Article