“Reincarnation is the philosophical or religious concept that an aspect of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body or form after each biological death. It is also called rebirth or transmigration, and is a part of the Saṃsāra doctrine of cyclic existence.”
“In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.”
“The resurrection of Jesus is the Christian religious belief that, after being put to death, Jesus rose again from the dead. It is the central tenet of Christian theology and part of the Nicene Creed: “On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures”.
“Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.”
Humanity has always been fascinated by resurrection – bringing the dead back to life. The references are plentiful and many will cry out that science should not mess with the great barrier of death for it is absolute and divine and we should not mess with nature. But, are life and death truly black and white?
Perhaps not. The “Lazarus syndrome, also known as autoresuscitation after failed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is the spontaneous return of circulation after failed attempts at resuscitation. Its occurrence has been noted in medical literature at least 38 times since 1982.”
Are there shades of gray between the absolute states of life and death?
Miracle Max: It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do.
Inigo Montoya: What’s that?
Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.
Perhaps Benjamin Franklin was only half right: “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes“
Death, it seems is not as final as we once thought. But, can it be done? Scientists have been given the green light to try:
“By implanting stem cells in the patient’s brain…they hope to reboot the brain and jump-start neural activity. The result could be people coming back to life.”
On a serious note
The above pics and quips aside…
this work is monumental and can have huge ramifications to the treatments of chronic and terminal disease, brain disorders and more. Many people would like to classify AGING as a disease which we need to study, treat and conquer and scientists around the world are making great strides in their efforts. Maybe one day soon we will also classify DEATH as a disease which we need to study, treat and conquer. Let’s keep an open mind and support the discovery of new methods for treating disease.
Scientists get the green light to resurrect the dead with stem cells