Category: General Interest

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Interesting Facts and History of Halloween

Halloween occupies a strange place in the realm of holidays. While some people spend weeks planning and creating their elaborate costumes, others barely acknowledge it at all. Perhaps it is because, unlike most holidays on the calendar, Halloween is all about paying tribute to the spooky, scary, and downright deadly. Where did this holiday come from

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An Interview with D.S. Moss, from The Adventures of Memento Mori

D.S. Moss’ Adventures of Memento Mori is a podcast that will make you think while making you laugh. Moss dives head first into death, exploring the subject with famed transhumanists, artists, psychics, members of the Death Positive movement, and more.  What makes the podcast so interesting is how involved Moss is in what he covers. Moss

A Brief History of the Death Penalty

Clearly one of the most controversial topics in modern social history is that of capital punishment, or the death penalty. Once commonly practiced throughout the world, the death penalty has been abolished in most countries.

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The Alternative Guide to Montreal

Home to incredible musicians, dozens of festivals (including the world’s largest jazz, and comedy festivals), a large food scene, and practically 24 hour nightlife, there is always something to do in Montreal. But Montreal is also a city with a dark and seedy past. It has been over 375 years since Montreal was colonized, and

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An Interview with Allison Gilbert

Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning producer, author and public speaker. She has published several books about grief and loss, and has spoken extensively about the subject. When Allison is not interviewing Arianna Huffington, Soledad O’Brien, and others on grief and recovery, she is working on her own innovative work in the field of bereavement.

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Omens of Death Around the World

We’ve all heard different superstitions about death. For instance, seeing a black cat or crows are both famous signs that death is coming for you, or someone you know. Different omens have different origins and specific meanings. And regardless of their truth, people throughout history have believed in these signs and their alleged messages. But what

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Cultures That Celebrate Death

The ways in which we mourn the loss of a life is changing constantly. In the West however, funerals and memorials are often organized as formal and composed events. In many cases, the focus seems to be on the death, rather than the life of the individual, while still distancing us from the dead itself.

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The Ethics of Life Extension

Be it through literature, film, or television, the idea of life extension has been nothing short of prolific. The concept has become so ingrained in our cultural psyche that most give its presence little thought. In North America, the average life expectancy today is 78 years of age. Even though our current life expectancy is