Human Zombie Brain Activity, Measured and Documented

In real life, so to speak, does the brain keep on keeping on for a while after death? A newly published study, written by notably adventurous academics, says that yes, the brain can and does, kinda sorta: “When Is the Brain Dead? Living-Like Electrophysiological Responses and Photon Emissions from Applications of Neurotransmitters in Fixed Post-Mortem Human Brains,” […]

Can you tell, by looking at this photo, whether this scientist is dead?

A medical study that says people can predict whether someone is dead merely by looking at a photo of that person has itself been killed. The journal that had published the article has now retracted it. The Retraction Watch blog explains: Some people can look at an old photograph of a person — say, of your grandmother in […]

Writing About Thinking of Speaking with the Dead

This study speaks volumes, but in an unusual way: “Electrocortical activity associated with subjective communication with the deceased,” Arnaud Delorme, Julie Beischel, Leena Michel, Mark Boccuzzi, Dean Radin, and Paul J. Mills, Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 4, 2013. (Thanks to investigator Estrella Burgos for bringing this to our attention.) The authors are at the Institute […]

BC Prof explores new immortal legal/financial powers of dead people

The United States is a very good place to be dead; better than almost anywhere, legally speaking. Ray Madoff, a professor at Boston College Law School who specializes in trusts and estates, lays out evidence for that in her book called Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead. Other nations have their own strong […]

Jiggling and scanning the brains of cadavers

How does one compare what doesn’t happen in the jiggled brains of dead persons with what does happen in the jiggling brains of living persons? This study is an attempt to answer that question: “SimPACE: Generating simulated motion corrupted BOLD data with synthetic-navigated acquisition for the development and evaluation of SLOMOCO: A new, highly effective […]

Lester’s Latest: “A scale to measure the desire to be dead”

Professor David Lester, one of the most prolific producers (more than 2500 publications so far!) of academic publications, is still reliably cranking out nuggets. This is one of his latest: “A scale to measure the desire to be dead,” David Lester, Omega, 2013;67(3):323-7. Professor Lester explains: “The aim of the present research was to develop […]