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A 20-year-old male asked:

What is death ?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
The absence of life: Death is the absence of life, meaning it is the loss of the vital organs or processes that keep a living thing alive. The definition becomes more complicated if one asks, "How dead do you have to be before you're really dead?" That leads to concepts like: when the conscience is gone, when the soul is gone, when the brain stops functioning, when the heart stops, etc...
Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Great answer! Love it really! : > )
Sep 5, 2012
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Perception.: The traditional answer is "the absence of life". In part, I agree with that. My take is a little deeper than that. I would like it to be as " death is merely a perception of the absence of life". It is more settling to believe that one's soul is simply alive and well, elsewhere.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
The absence of life: Death is the absence of life, meaning it is the loss of the vital organs or processes that keep a living thing alive. The definition becomes more complicated if one asks, "How dead do you have to be before you're really dead?" That leads to concepts like: when the conscience is gone, when the soul is gone, when the brain stops functioning, when the heart stops, etc...

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