Exactly what it says on the tin. Focused on the state of Washington in the United States, but broadly applicable everywhere. —After A Death Occurs: A Checklist
"In a challenge to the idea that brain death is final, researchers have revived the disembodied brains of pigs four hours after the animals were slaughtered. Although the experiments stopped short of restoring consciousness, they raise questions about the ethics of the approach — and, more fundamentally, about the nature of death itself. " —Sara … Continue reading Brain in a Vat
I'm seeing more articles about "biohacking" by rich dudes. One subset seems to be looking for immortality, or at the very least to extend their lives or mitigate the effects of ageing. It strikes me as the archetypical problem of a beautiful woman trying to keep their looks as they get older. All of us … Continue reading Biohacking Bullshit
I am subject to old age. I am subject to illness. I am subject to death. I must be parted and separated from everyone and everything dear and agreeable to me. I am the owner of my karma.
"Only about one in five receiving CPR in a hospital leave the hospital alive. Only 1 in 10 elderly patients receiving CPR are alive a year later... ...A society's death rituals make a statement not only about what it means to die, but also what it means to live. For a world obsessed with technology, … Continue reading CPR as Death Ritual | Topic
Nick Cave answers questions from his fans. His response answering a question on grief and communicating with the dead is simply great: "It seems to me, that if we love, we grieve. That’s the deal. That’s the pact. Grief and love are forever intertwined. Grief is the terrible reminder of the depths of our love … Continue reading The Red Hand Files
"I have heard it said that modern dying means dying more, dying over longer periods, enduring more uncertainty, subjecting ourselves and our families to more disappointments and despair. As we are enabled to live longer, we are also condemned to die longer. In that case, it should come as no surprise that some of us … Continue reading Modern Dying