X-Message-Number: 6334
Date: Sun, 9 Jun 1996 14:00:22 -0400 (EDT)
From: Robin Helweg-Larsen <>
Subject: Legal definitions

Re: Thomas Donaldson's comment that
>    The mere fact
>    that a legal ritual of Declaration of Death has been performed for a 
>    person does not and CANNOT imply that they are really dead. It is at best

>    a statement of what lawyers of the day, with their scientific understanding
>    even more limited than that of doctors of the day (who, given the vastness
>    and complexity of the Universe, can hardly be seen as all-knowing ...)
>    a statement of what a body of ignorant people have DECIDED to be Death.

Let's not forget that the General Assembly of Indiana passed a Bill in 1897
ruling that the value of pi was 4.

These things get worked out eventually.

Always optimistically,

Robin HL

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