“The boundaries dividing Life from Death are shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
– Edgar Allan Poe
Tomorrow’s seminar: Defining Death.
1). The Catholic Definition
“The death of the person is a single event, consisting in the total disintegration of that unitary and integrated whole that is the personal self. It results from the separation of the life-principle (or soul) from the corporal reality of the person. The death of the person, understood in this primary sense, is an event which no scientific technique or empirical method can identify directly. Yet human experience shows that once death occurs certain biological signs inevitably follow… the traditional cardio-respiratory signs… [or] the complete and irreversible cessation of all brain activity. ”
– John Paul II, Eighteenth International Transplantation Congress 3, quoting CDF, On Respect for Human Life and Procreation (1987)
2). 1987 Human Organ Transplant Act (Cap. 131A) (Repealed)
s. 3(1) For the purposes of this Act, a person has died when there has occurred irreversible cessation of all functions of the brain of the person.
3). Interpretation Act (Cap. 1)
s. 2A(1) For all purposes, a person has died when there has occurred either —
(a) irreversible cessation of circulation of blood and respiration in the body of the person; or
(b) total and irreversible cessation of all functions of the brain of the person.
a.k.a. Teleute. I never did like the grim reaper.
5). Calvin & Hobbes
From whence we came, whither we go
Dust and ashes, and an immortal soul.
Update (14th Feb): omg life sucks. I don’t know what death means =(