Welcome to this week’s roundup of interesting deathly miscellanea we’ve found on the interwebs recently. Let’s begin with the recently deceased Rik Mayall, a truly great comic actor, talking in his usual irreverent style about why we shouldn’t fear death:
The GroundSwell Project is an interesting initiative in Australia designed by Clinical Psychologist Kerrie Noonan, and Playwright Peta Murray in late 2009, to encourage deep engagement with death in society. To do this, they use art, film and creative speakers to open discussion of death acceptance. Go check them out, on their site, on YouTube and on Twitter.
One thing they have on their website is a link (Dying to Know) to all the many great TED talks that have dealt with death. There’s a lot of excellent viewing on there, but I wanted to share one video in particular: Jae Rhim Lee talking about her environmentally-friendly mushroom burial suit. It’s not at all like that episode of Hannibal, don’t worry! But it is pretty cool.
And finally, the webcomic xkcd has a fascinating series of ‘what if’ questions discussed in terms of science and statistics. One such question is what would happen to the human population if just one extra person were to die per second. Check it out HERE. Mentioning xkcd also gives me an excuse to post this:
That’s all for this week’s Sunday Sundries, be sure to look out for more deathly posts from us soon!
As some of you more regular readers may already know, we have a Facebook page for Deathly Ponderings! We often share interesting articles, videos and other resources there as and when we find them on the Great Interwebs. So go and like us today!
However, rather than keep all of our found goodies on Facebook, we thought it would be nice to share a few on the blog too, so this will be the first of (hopefully) many Sunday Sundries posts where we share a few deathly nuggets that really interested us this week.
First up is a really interesting video from Hemant Mehta who blogs as The Friendly Atheist. A lot of death traditions and philosophies come from many different areas and cultures, with religious belief having a huge influence on how death is perceived and processed by humanity. However, we rarely hear about viewpoints on death from those who do not have this religious influence. So, have a listen to what Hemant has to say. It is certainly an interesting addition to the deathly discourse in society.
Next up is a fascinating TED talk from philosopher Stephen Cave who talks about our focus on immortality, among other things. He is a great speaker and really does take his audience on a journey through humanity’s interactions with death and what that means for us as a species.
Let us know what you thought of these videos. Also, if you find anything fun and deathly, pass it on! We’d love to see it!
Image credits: Todd Hall (header image) & Jes (bird skull)
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