Given how little we understand about the roots of consciousness, it simply doesn't make a whole lot of sense to make commitments one way or the other when it comes to questions of what exactly dies and how.
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November 19, 2013 When Philip Gould knew the end was coming, he managed to use his predicament as a catalyst for seeing life more clearly. A film documenting his final days also opened commentator Adam Frank's eyes. What will it do for you?
To children the world is a vast experiment, a laboratory of how things interact with one another.
October 30, 2013 We are a society obsessed with death and dying. It's time we moved the other way and put more of our energy into celebrating life and living. We have a lot to learn from our children here, who are constantly performing grand experiments about the world. Until, that is, we stop them.
Dr. Jim Olson meets with Carver Faull at Seattle Children's Hospital in August. Carver, now 12, had surgery to remove a brain tumor in 2012.
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September 13, 2013 Lessons in optimism from very ill children inspire pediatric oncologist Jim Olson in his hunt for better treatments for brain tumors.
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Barbara Mancini with her father, Joe Yourshaw.
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July 31, 2013 A Philadelphia woman who allegedly gave her 93-year-old father a vial of morphine is facing prosecution in Pennsylvania. Most state laws prohibit assisted suicide, but prosecutions are becoming increasingly rare.
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