Scientists Pat and Peter Shaw, Rejecting “Religious Do-Gooders,” Ended Their Lives on Their Own Terms

At the end of their time on earth, Pat and Peter Shaw, a biochemist and an explorer/meteorologist, respectively, could look back on lives well lived. The suicide pact between the two, in which they knowingly took lethal drugs, was no act of desperation.

Their cultural and intellectual pursuits were many — classical music, opera, literature, wine, arguments over dinner with their many friends. They donated 10 percent of their annual income to political and environmental movements. Family events were spent thoroughly debating the topics of the day [with their three daughters].

As their capacity declined, the conversation about ending their own lives became more serious and their rejection of what Peter called “religious do-gooders” became more fierce. “It was also a way into their favourite topics; philosophy, ethics, politics, the law …,” says their youngest daughter, Kate. “The idea that their end-of-life decisions could be interfered with by people with the superstitions of medieval inquisitors astounded them, and alarmed them.”

Last spring, things started going downhill fast for the Australian couple.

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What Should Atheists Do With Their Bodies After They Die?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses what atheists should do with their bodies after they die (or, um, have done to their bodies):

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There’s a Petition Asking God to Return David Bowie from the Dead

God is being petitioned to bring David Bowie back to life, because, frankly, us Earthlings are not taking “dead” for an answer.

The Change.org petition titled “Say no to David Bowie dead” (to the point, I like it) began in Rome by Andrea Natella two days ago and quickly picked up steam on Twitter.

Makes sense, I suppose. After all, Jesus got crucified only because he didn’t reach the threshold on his own petition in time. That only happened three days later.

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David Bowie, Dead at 69, Was “Almost an Atheist”

Musician David Bowie has died following an 18-month battle with cancer.

The news comes only two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his latest album, Blackstar.

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Pastor’s “Research” Into Near Death Experiences Affirms Biblical Account of Heaven

John Burke, the founding pastor of Gateway Church in Texas, has written a book all about “near death experiences” — and how they point to the truth of the Bible. And it’s totally scientific, you guys.

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