Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks Is Slowly Dying. True To Himself, He Wrote A Beautiful Piece About It

Oliver Sacks, who is to neuroscience and psychiatry what Carl Sagan was to astronomy and astrophysics, is staring into the maw of death. Cancer has already taken over a third of his liver, and it is certain the disease spells the end for the famed neurologist, now 81, who took us on many a wondrous trip through the marvels and terrors of the human mind.

A prolific, consummate chronicler of other people’s states of minds, he’s now written about his own in what are literally his dying days.

Since hearing his prognosis, Sacks says,

I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.



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The Canadian Supreme Court Was Right to Overturn the Ban on Physician-Assisted Suicide

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the Canadian Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn the ban on physician-assisted suicide.



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Choose Joy for Harper

This is a guest post by Amanda Metskas. She is the Executive Director of Camp Quest.

Death is hard.

A few weeks ago, I accompanied my friend Neil Wehneman, the Secular Student Alliance’s Development Director, to the memorial service for his niece Harper.



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How Atheists Can Deal with Death

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how atheists can deal with death:



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Reflecting on the Loss of Jesus Scholar Marcus Borg

The passing of Jesus scholar Marcus Borg last week (on January 21) highlights the continued rift in the Christian world between the conservative and liberal theological camps.



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