Jonathan Miller explores the complex questions that arise from trying to define death. He asks what it means for something to be alive so that it can die, what counts as death for different species and, if we pass a genetic inheritance on to our children, does this mean that we are in some sense immortal? Jonathan also considers the consequences of there being no actual definition of death in UK law for medicine and ethics and why even if we avoid all risks to life we will all eventually die.[Thanks to Ted Duke]
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.
Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly): rationalist.org.uk
Just a quick note to let you know that our president Jonathan Miller's new radio programme The Line Between Life and Death airs tonight on Radio 4 at 9pm. Here's the synopsis from the website: