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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Aaron Freeman: Death by physics

Transference of Energy   (Photo by Nelumadau)
Although many have pre-planned exactly where and how their mortal remains should be "laid to rest," few have approached this admittedly-uncomfortable topic from a subatomic standpoint.

Therefore, journalist (among other things) Aaron Freeman has made it his business to set things straight. He insists that no one is more capable of delivering the perfect funeral oration than a physicist.

Bereavement Freeman-style hinges upon the first law of thermodynamics.  Those who truly "get it" need never feel the loss of a loved one.  That's because there actually is no loss – there's simply a magnificent reconfiguration of everything from eyelashes to toenails.  The NPR transcript of Freeman's weighty words reminds us that "every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle" remains right here with us in this world.

There is absolutely no need for faith in this (literally) godforsaken scenario.  Freeman emphasizes that "scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time."

In other words - you may be dead, but you are far from gone.  Freeman triumphantly concludes:  You're just less orderly.  Amen.    


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