Tag Archives: Death

SMBC: So, how long do we live?

Click through for full sized version, and for the red button caption. via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. This cartoon reminds me of one of the objections I often hear to mind uploading, that even if the uploaded mind was identical to … Continue reading

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Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

An interesting TED talk by Atul Gawande discussing some of the problems with the modern medical profession. I came across this video when reading a recent piece by Dr. Gawande on the medical field’s struggles to clearly explain a terminal … Continue reading

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The effort at healthy living should be balanced against the fact that we are all mortal.

Ezekiel Emanuel has an interesting article at The Atlantic: Why I Hope to Die at 75 – The Atlantic. Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years. … I am sure of my position. Doubtless, death is a … Continue reading

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SMBC: We’re constantly dying

via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Of course, while we’re alive, new parts of us are constantly coming into being.  But for adults, the child we once were died long ago.  That is one of the realizations that I find soothe the … Continue reading

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It really is time for the death penalty to go

Wired has an article up on America’s long history of botched executions. Two weeks ago, things went horribly wrong with the execution of Clayton D. Lockett, a 38-year old Oklahoma man convicted of shooting a young woman and burying her … Continue reading

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Sleep and death

HuffPost has an interesting Sleep 101 article up. Sleep is anything but a waste of time. While many people think of catching ZZs as the body “shutting off” until morning, nodding off actually activates a complicated process that helps you … Continue reading

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Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death

The other day I did a post about soothing the fear of death.  Stephen Cave in this TED talk, after discussing the age old stories we’ve traditionally used to sooth that fear, covers much the same ground that I did … Continue reading

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Don’t Live For Your Obituary

Originally posted on Whatever:
Image borrowed from here. Via Nick Mamatas,this article about writer Colin Wilson, who passed away in the last week, which begins:  How dismayed the late Colin Wilson would have been if, through some of the occult…

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Soothing the fear of death

The fear of death is a normal, natural, instinct that we all have.  Without it, we’d end up doing all kinds of reckless things that most of us avoid.  Some people claim not to fear it, but I suspect that … Continue reading

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Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project

Pew has a number of articles up today showing poll results of Americans’ views on end-of-life medical treatments, suicide, and related issues.  I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised to see the enlightened views held by a majority of Americans, … Continue reading

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