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02/15/2012 - 9:52pm
An investigation into the death of a patient at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital discovered that the doctor in charge issued a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order - without discussing this with the patient’s family.  A Coroner’s Inquest heard how as the patient lay dying, neither the doctors nor nurses then intervened to save her life, as a result of the DNR order.  The Coroner summed up his concerns to the defendant doctor as “you failed to pay attention and treat the patient in front of you”.  Despite the findings of the Coroner’s Court, the Hospital Trust denies any wrongdoing on the part of the doctor in question.  (Linder Meyers Solicitors)
02/15/2012 - 9:12pm

The California Healthcare Foundation has released a new "Snapshot" report summarizing "Californians' Attitudes and Experiences with Death and Dying."  Here are some key takeaways:

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02/15/2012 - 8:48pm

Lisa Krieger tells a moving story about the cascade (even avalanche) of diagnostics and interventions at the end of her father's life.  She asks how a "frugal man" with "carefully prepared end-of-life instructions" could run up a hospital bill of $323,000 in just 10 days.  

02/15/2012 - 5:16pm

I’ve been mulling something of late, and it hasn’t left me in a tremendously good mood. Take a look at these two sets of graphs.

The first one is from the US Energy Information Administration, a group within the US Department of Energy tasked with coming up with independent statistics and analysis on US and world energy use. This chart is from the “International Energy Outlook 2011” report, released last September. It shows the breakdown of fuels used to generate electricity, given fairly conservative projections of growth and changing energy mix....

02/15/2012 - 4:21pm
Last month we asked “Is it ethical for an advanced military to use drones or robots to attack enemy soldiers?”  A third of you want military drones and robots banned, and a quarter believed they were unproblematic. But the center of opinion was that they should be under human control or used by both sides.
02/15/2012 - 5:13am
Radical life extension would impact the economics of society. Aubrey de Grey explains why he is optimistic that the economy would adapt well to the new paradigm of human immortality.
02/15/2012 - 5:04am

Nikolai Fedorov - the Russian proto-transhumanist philosopher — believed that the “Common Task” of humanity was to technologically conquer death.  This means… Immortality for those who are presently living… right? No, think bigger, his vision was immensely more ambitious. Federov believed that the evil horror of death would not be fully conquered until everyone who had ever died… was brought back to Life.

In recent years, Ray Kurzweil has duplicated this demand for “resuscitative resurrection.” Kurzweil believes the DNA of his deceased dad (Frederic Kurzweil, a musician) combined with copious momentos and living memories of him, could recreate “Father 2.0″ in a post-Singularity world....

02/15/2012 - 5:04am

Nikolai Fedorov - the Russian proto-transhumanist philosopher — believed that the “Common Task” of humanity was to technologically conquer death.  This means… Immortality for those who are presently living… right? No, think bigger, his vision was immensely more ambitious. Federov believed that the evil horror of death would not be fully conquered until everyone who had ever died… was brought back to Life.

In recent years, Ray Kurzweil has duplicated this demand for “resuscitative resurrection.” Kurzweil believes the DNA of his deceased dad (Frederic Kurzweil, a musician) combined with copious momentos and living memories of him, could recreate “Father 2.0″ in a post-Singularity world....

02/15/2012 - 4:05am
Within 10 years, everyone will have a digital copy of their genome for just $1000, and by comparing millions of these codes, we may find the cure for aging and many other diseases.
02/15/2012 - 2:15am

“My brain is not like a computer.” The day those words were spoken to me marked a significant milestone for both me and the 6-year-old who uttered them.

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