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Frozen Alive | Outside Online
How easy it is to freeze to death.
death  survival  story  cold  freeze 
august 2019 by pw201
The value of a life
"If you have money and want to save lives, you had better put a price on life... But don't mix up the price of a life with the value of a life. I see this happen all too frequently. To correct this mistake, I'm going to tell a little story."
economics  life  value  cost  money  charity  death 
february 2015 by pw201
The Course of Their Lives - JSOnline
A fascinating series of articles on the experiences of medical students dissecting a body during their training, interspersed with the reflections of someone leaving her body to the medical school. Via Mefi.
body  anatomy  death  medical-school  dissection  medicine 
october 2013 by pw201
Who By Very Slow Decay | Slate Star Codex
More excellent, harrowing stuff on the standard of end of life care and relatives who won't let go.
death  poetry  medicine  intensive-care  aging 
july 2013 by pw201
How Not to Die - Jonathan Rauch - The Atlantic
Many doctors aren't good at having "the Conversation". A doctor uses film to illustrate patients' options at the end of their lives.
film  ethics  death  health  medicine  intensive-care 
april 2013 by pw201
Peter Saul: Let’s talk about dying | Video on TED.com
"We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care -- and suggests two questions for starting the conversation."
intensive-care  ted  medicine  death 
december 2012 by pw201
A Life Worth Ending
"The era of medical miracles has created a new phase of aging, as far from living as it is from dying. A son’s plea to let his mother go."
dementia  medicine  parents  dying  death  aging 
may 2012 by pw201
How Doctors Die « Zócalo Public Square
Doctors are better at making end of life choices for themselves than they are for their patients, as they're often hamstrung by patients, families and "the system".
death  medicine  health  healthcare  ethics  dying  doctors  medical 
december 2011 by pw201
YouTube - Christopher Hitchens drops the hammer
"It's considered perfectly normal in this society to approach dying people who are unbelievers and say 'Now are you going to change your mind?'" Well, yes, that's anticipating-as-if there's a Hell, say. But if we're going to apply the norms of discussion fairly, I like Hitchens idea of atheists going round religious hospitals. :-)
christopher-hitchens  death  religion  hell  conversion 
march 2011 by pw201
Man shot dead for eating popcorn too loudly during Black Swan - Telegraph
I feel we should encourage this sort of thing: even in the Arts Picturehouse, which is relatievly free of chavs, you occasionally get people giving their hilarious running commentary. For example, at a recent screening, when baddie character was lying mangled at the foot of a cliff at the end, a voice behind me said "That's what happens if you're naughty". I was too slow to murmur "That's what happens when you talk in the cinema", alas. L'esprit d'escalier, as they say.
news  popcorn  random  film  death  shooting  guns 
february 2011 by pw201
Hitchens Speaks Of God And Death During Interview | The New Republic
Commentary on Hitchens's statement that we should not believe any reports of a deathbed conversion, because even if it occurs, it would be because his mind had gone: "What is it, finally, that divides the believer from the atheist? ... Levi and Hitchens imply that a person’s capacity to determine the truth depends on his or her ability to think calmly, coolly, dispassionately."
religion  atheism  death  philosophy  cancer  hitchens  christopher-hitchens  primo-levi  auschwitz 
august 2010 by pw201
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
Spotting the "instinctive drowning response". People who are drowning don't look distressed or yell, apparently, as their bodies are working too hard at staying afloat.
health  drowning  safety  swimming  death 
july 2010 by pw201
The death of death… « The Saint Barnabas’ Blog
The blog entry of the Anglican priest and goodwill diplomat who's been railing against secular funerals and Tina Turner songs at religious ones, who found himself reported on in the Torygraph and Daily Fail. Choice quote: "Whereas the best our secularist friends (and those they dupe) can hope for is a poem from nan combined with a saccharine message from a pop star before being popped in the oven with no hope of resurrection." Well, Christians certainly have the *hope* of resurrection, I suppose. And we can all agree that Tina Turner is a bad thing.
religion  death  funeral  christianity  anglicanism  secularism 
october 2009 by pw201
Real Live Preacher - If Only
RLP on death, love and the desire to know another person.
marriage  relationships  religion  death  mortality  love  real-live-preacher 
april 2008 by pw201

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