“Hindus are, on average, richer and more educated than Muslims. But oddly, the child mortality rate for Hindus is much higher. All observable factors say Hindus should fare better, but they don't. Economists refer to this as the Muslim mortality puzzle. In a new study, researchers believe that they may have found a solution to the puzzle. And, surprisingly, the solution lies in a single factor – open defecation
.” [more inside]
How Americans Die
- a visual tour through surprising trends in mortality among Americans in the last several decades
Craig Ferguson seems to have a special liking for conversation with Stephen Fry. Previously
. On Wednesday night, Stephen was back on the Late Late Show as the only guest. The naturally wide-ranging discussion includes Arthur Conan Doyle, America, mortality, religion, philosophy, science, homosexuality, Wagner, and more. Enjoy. [more inside]
Mortician Caitlin Doughty
- founder of The Order of the Good Death - answers some questions. Episodes: 1
. She also writes a very interesting blog
. [more inside]
Stronger people are harder to kill.
A 20-year study involving nearly 9000 men aged 20-80 found "Muscular strength is inversely and independently associated with death from all causes and cancer, even after adjusting for cardiorespiratory fitness and other potential confounders." Food for thought when designing your next fitness program?
Obituaries editors probably belong by the sea. The cries of seagulls are their music, fading into infinity, and the light-filled sky bursts open like a gateway out of the world. The elderly gravitate there, shuffling in cheerful pairs along Marine Parade or jogging in slow motion past the Sea Gull Café, intent on some distant goal. Their skin is weathered and tanned, as if they have fossilised themselves in ozone to keep death at bay. They wear bright trainers, young clothes. But they have shifted to the shore here, or in Bexhill, or in Eastbourne, as if to the edge of life, and each flapping deck-chair reserves a waiting-place. Ann Wroe, obituaries editor of The Economist, muses on mortality and the sea
in the latest correspondent's diary
, a series of articles by various Economist writers. You can read the magazine's obituaries here
, including a recent one of former obituaries editor Keith Colquhoun
. [Ann Wroe previously]
"Death Risk Rankings
calculates your risk of dying in the next year and allows you to compare that risk to others in the world." Fun with mortality data and statistics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Never Say Die: Why We Can't Imagine Death
. Why do we wonder where our mind goes when the body is dead? Shouldn’t it be obvious that the mind is dead, too?
Examining self-consciousness and mortality.
From a short distance the male figure almost appeared to be napping among the hummingbirds and squirrels, draped as he was over the pebbled ground. But something about his peculiar pose evoked a sense of grim finality– the body language of the deceased