A matter of life and death

February 10, 2014 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

American sociologist Professor David Phillips, studies when people die, and whether their mental state allows them to either prolong life or hasten death.

Dr. Death, as he’s been affectionately labelled, has researched the death of more than 10 million people over the last 35 years.

Three American Presidents, namely John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, all died on 4th July – which begs the question, did they hang on long enough to ensure that they died on such an auspicious date?

Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, died on the eve of the publication of his last comic strip. With his last comic strip Schulz included a signed farewell letter predicting his death.

The Chinese Harvest Festival is one of the most important times in the Chinese year. The highlight of the festival is a meal which is prepared by the most senior woman in the house with the help of her daughters and daughters-in-law.

Death records show that the death rate drops in the Chinese community by 35% in the week before the festival, and increases by 35% after the festival has finished.

Commenting on Phillips’s research, Professor David Jenkins, of University of Texas Medical School said, “It illustrates that there is a lot more to living and dying than what you can find in a blood test or ECG. We now know that the quality of your thinking not only affects the quality of your life, but also the length of it.”

So Einstein would appear to have been on to something when he said, “Your thoughts are a preview of life’s forthcoming attractions.”


Given that I don’t do political correctness and have an innate tan …..
A recent survey in the United Kingdom asked the following question:

Are there too many foreigners in this country now?


18% said YES

82% said صعـق قه ه ٸ ٽﰊ ﯘﲲ ﴍ

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