If you're talking about this conversation in "Where Silence Has Lease," it was neither Data nor Troi whom Picard was talking to [http://www.chakoteya.net/NextGen/128.htm]: DATA: What is death? PICARD: Oh, is that all? Well, Data, you're asking probably the most difficult of all questions. Some see it as a changing into an indestructible form, forever unchanging. They believe that the purpose of the entire universe is to then maintain that form in an Earth-like garden which will give delight and pleasure through all eternity. On the other hand, there are those who hold to the idea of our blinking into nothingness, with all our experiences, hopes and dreams merely a delusion. DATA: Which do you believe, sir? PICARD: Considering the marvellous complexity of our universe, its clockwork perfection, its balances of this against that, matter, energy, gravitation, time, dimension, I believe that our existence must be more than either of these philosophies. That what we are goes beyond Euclidian and other practical measuring systems and that our existence is part of a reality beyond what we understand now as reality. TROI: We should not let ourselves die, Jean-Luc. DATA: I agree with her, Jean-Luc. TROI: If only half of us live, then I'd rather take my chances on being one that does. DATA: Yes. It is wrong of you to force us. TROI: It is wrong. PICARD: Yes. This is very wrong. Neither of you should be reacting in this way. Computer, locate Commander Data for me. COMPUTER: Commander Data is on the Bridge. PICARD: It's not going to work, Nagilum. (Troi and Data vanish) They were illusions created by Nagilum.