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Reading "Suicide Note"

This page is about reading Suicide Note by Mitchell Heisman. On September 18, 2010, Heisman at the age of 35 commited suicide, which is described in the following news reports:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I page through the document a little. I started reading the section Freedom of Speech on Trial starting at page 15, but did not really grasp what he wanted to say there. I started with the next section An Experiment in Nihilism at page 20 and read it till page 22.

Monday, September 27, 2010

In the evening, I continues reading from page 22 till page 26. On page 25 he talks about the "liberations of death" and compares the struggle for equality of life and death with other 'social' equalities such as equality of the sexes. I do not find this type of reasoning very convincing. In the next paragraph he talks about how overcoming the "will to live" is the ultimate form of liberation, "a culmination of the progress of civilization, that is, the application of reason to human existence." (page 25.) It seems that he viewed commiting suicide as the ultimate proof of this conclusion. But it definitely does not explain how he arrived at this conclusion, and if it is indeed a valid conclusion from a rational point of view, that is to say.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I already earlier had noticed that the website is hosted by the Dutch internet provider XS4ALL. At first I thought that this was related to the contents of the material, but now I think it might also be related to his fear that his book will be repressed, and one way of doing this would be to shut down the web site.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I continued reading from page 26 till page 31. On page 30 he states: "Challenging every living value by willing death is how I will test this question and how I will test this question is the experiment in nihilism." Sounds like his choice for suicide was made at a very early stage of his thinking, not as a final conclusion he arrived at after considering all other options.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


I continued reading from God is technology starting at page 32. At the begining of the question he states the rather cynical question "But would it be even better if God actually existed?" on page 33 and continues to explain the incorrect proof by Alsem. At the top of page 34 he links this to the question whether "life is superior to death" and makes some diversion, which end with the statement "The Biblical God, in a similar manner, evolved out of an extreme extrapolation of the logic of human life." I find these kind of diversions before arriving at a solid conclusion rather annoying. I continued reading till page 40, but did not find the text very convincing. His reasoning is not very convincing to me.


Reread page 39. At the bottom of that page, he writes: "This paradigm shift from gods to God represented the first decisive, enduring paradigm shift from biology to technology." Interesting idea of technology. Technology as something that trancedents humanity, I presume. But why this difference between gods and God. Did people not see gods as something that tranceding?


Continue reading from page 32. On this page he suggests that the Bible should be viewed as "science fiction". A little further he makes reference of the Singulariy, without explaining nor contributing this to Ray Kurzweil.


While watching television, I continued reading halfway till page 44. I do not understand why he, while concluding that singularity is at hand, and one of the greatest events in human history, decides to terminate his life early. One would almost think that he is afraid of it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I continued reading from page 44. On page 45 he writes the following about Richard Dawkins said in The God Delusion: "In his view, agnosticism is characteristic of intellectual mediocrity and often motivated by social pressure, political appeasement, or a cowardly lack of intellectual conscience." That is the stupiest attack on agnosticism that I ever have heard about. I read halfway till page 60.

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