Posts tagged "death"
The Patient Body: Wakeful Unawareness

The Patient Body: Wakeful Unawareness

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.
The Patient Body: A Special Sustaining Power

The Patient Body: A Special Sustaining Power

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.
Death Porn Body Nonsense

Death Porn Body Nonsense

The ostensible purpose of some images is to teach us something about life and death, but, Mary Valle asks, what else is going on when we seek out images of sick women's bodies.

“The Myth is the Mystery”:
Reflections on Annie Jacobsen’s Area 51

by David Halperin 1. Why, folklorist Thomas Bullard has asked, are UFOs in this country “at once so popular and so despised?”  It’s a good question; the hubbub over Annie Jacobsen’s best-selling Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base is the latest demonstration of how good it is.  “Oh, I’ve got to...


Jonathan Franzen takes to the New York Times op-ed page to proclaim that -- oh yes, indeedy -- technology is killing love.  Blackberries aren't birds, birds are part of the environment, the environment is love, and love means facing death directly, or something like that:
To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of...

Avoiding Death and God

A new report at the International Journal of Social Economics has found that the decline in number of the faithful in developed countries can be attributed to longer lifespans; we don't worry about death so much any more. (Thanks to CBS for the report summary.)

Science, Increasingly a Matter of Belief

Tom Junod, in the latest issue of Esquire writes (link below):
We are not going to live forever. We are not going to have our life spans scientifically amplified to biblical lengths. We will not be able to take pills that will give us the musculature of superheroes or allow us to gorge ourselves while...

Death Comes for the Ayatollah

The New York Times reports that Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a Shiite Islam holy figure with a world following, has died.  He's been called Hezbollah's mentor.  He was 75. For more on the Grand Ayatollah read here, here and here or read his facebook page here.

Digital Death Day

"The Digital Death Day attendees were not all entrepreneurs working out their promising business plans. (And some of those business models make good sense. LegacyLocker, DataInherit, AssetLock, and Deathswitch are all new companies offering sensible and useful services, on the order of providing Web locations for safe password storage, or promising to notify...

City of Life and Death

There wasn’t a dearth of death in Benares; as one walked or drove on its streets, small groups of men bearing the dead on biers kept passing by with little fanfare about the nature of their procession. I saw many more dead bodies in three days in Benares than I had seen in the preceding...

I Think I Know Jack.

by Paul Creeden: Dr. Jack Kevorkian is the subject of You Don't Know Jack, an HBO film, which premiered on the cable network in April. Al Pacino plays “Dr. Death,” as Kevorkian was dubbed in 1956 after he performed, in his role as a pathologist, a photographic survey of the pupils of dying patients. Kevorkian...

Lost and Religious Mortality

by S. Brent Plate: "This is the end, my only friend the end . . . I'll never look into your eyes again" -Jim Morrison/ The Doors. Along with 10-20 million others, I just left the island for good, saying goodbye to my friends who have occupied me for the past few years: the scientists and skeptics, the...