DailyDirt: Death Ain't So Simple
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Medical technology is making progress all the time, and with that progress comes new ethical questions. One of the big issues that we may need to deal with soon is determining who is really dead (or when to stop resuscitating). Growing new organs isn’t quite a reliable technology, so until we can re-grow our own organs, we’re not immortals. But we’re not dead yet….
- An adapted excerpt from “The Undead” by Dick Teresi discusses how the definition of death has evolved with medical technology. People used to call it death when the heart stopped beating… but they don’t do that anymore. [url]
- Brain dead people are being harvested for their organs, but these folks might not be as dead as you’d think. Billy Crystal might call these patients “mostly dead” — and revive them for true love…. [url]
- Facebook encouraged over 100,000 users to register as organ donors recently. However, there’s still a large unfilled need for more donors — would getting more Facebook “likes” be a good incentive for live donors? [url]
- To discover other biological curiosities, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.