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March 21, 2005

Hyper dictionary and encyclopedia (by M)

I have found an interesting site, hyper dictionary. Jump to this page and click any word on the page, then you will jump to the explanation page of the word. Almost all the words of this site are linked to one another. This is a real hyper text. Great.

I don't know if I can make such a site, but in the future anyone might be able to create one using a special software. If so I would like to construct, for example, an encyclopedia of life studies on the web.

By the way, several book reviews of
The Insensitive Man appeared in newspapers and magazines last week.

I have a toothache these days. I am receiving dental treatment but the pain does not go away quickly....

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  • Hi, Morioka-san,

    Sorry for your teeth. Take care!

    Not to change the subject, but how did you find the news about Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removal last week?

    You talk about brain death as human relationship, but I wonder how we should think about such cases that the family members have different views about the patients' life/death in persistant vegetable state.

    In Terri's case, the husband seeked the tube removal, but the parents wished against. I have little crue about their relationship, so maybe my comment is inept, but I cannot but imagine...If I were the wife in that persistant vegetable state and if their love was real in those days, I would have preferred to discharge the fifteen years of heavy burden on the dearest husband in hope for his present and future happiness...

    But as a mother of a child, I also feel for the parents' love for their unfortunate daughter...

    By the way, reading some of the news articles of the news, I noticed the term "brain death" is incorrect. They say the NIF calls it "persistent vegetative state" now.

    By Blogger Coo, at 9:45 PM, March 21, 2005  

  • Yes, in Terri Schiavo's case we should say she is in a persistent vegitative state, not brain dead. We have a lot of things to think about deeply concerning this case, and its relationship with prochoice/prolife controversy concerning abortion. I will write about it later on the blog.

    By Blogger Masahiro_Morioka, at 8:44 PM, March 30, 2005  

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    By Blogger Coo, at 11:35 PM, March 30, 2005  

  • Concerning the relationship with abortion controversy, I was disappointed to read right-to-lifers' as well as abortion rights advocates' comments in an article, "Whose Life Are We Supporting?" written by William Raspberry on Washingtonpost(Monday, March 28, 2005; Page A17). Either side takes up the case only for justifying each one's unilateral cause.

    Any decision on life/death should be a very private matter, I believe. Seyla Benhabib once asserted, "the personal is not the political". This may be the case, Benhabib's paradoxical saying is best suited to defend most private and delicate matters from third party's intervention. Also, thinking such a case in dichotomy itself seems rather wrong to me.

    By Blogger Coo, at 11:43 PM, March 30, 2005  

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