The archaeology of prehistoric burial sites suggests a number of interesting aspects to the belief in life after death.
Nikolai Fyodorov believed that only resurrection of the dead could save the world. His extraordinary vision fascinated the likes of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.
Trees not only live much longer than humans and other animals – they also die differently, piece-by-piece, in a carefully-planned process.
In some of Australia and New Zealand’s Indigenous communities, shamans are able to successfully will death on others – as long as the target believes in such ‘spells’.
In contemporary Western culture, death is taboo. Yet Buddhism illustrates how we can take a different approach to death; one that is not as dissimilar as we might expect.
Philosopher and anthropologist of science Vinciane Despret talks about the phenomenon of death midwives, and how we can cultivate a different approach to grief.
Between the Middle Ages and the turn of the 19th century, the custom of wearing mourning jewellery flourished, especially among the British elite.
Inca customs around death and the afterlife not only involved mummification – they were also influenced by beliefs in the cult of the sun.
Reveal when you’re going to die – or, indeed, if you’re already dead – in this personality test from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright trio.
Talking to ourselves about death is difficult enough, let alone raising the topic with our children or parents.
So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Lets look into it together.
With the breathtaking explosion of innovation and progress, for the first time in human history the concept of leaving our flesh piles behind and uploading our minds into a digital utopia seems possible.