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Irreversible processes

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August 15, 2006

Irreversible processes

Stephen Baker

This is the summer to end all summers, at least as far as my aged parents have been concerned. I've been away in Portland dealing with family matters and have barely opened my computer. One observation from my odyssey through emergency rooms, hospices and funeral homes, known in ancient times as the "Valley of Death:"

My sisters and I were in a funeral home a few days ago. We each had to sign a statement recognizing that the cremation process was "irreversible." What this says to me, incredibly, is that there are fellow members of society who express shock and outrage (and call their lawyers) when they discover that what emerges from the ovens cannot be put back together. Can you picture the scene, the frantic gestures, the dialogue? This would have given my mother a good laugh.

10:13 AM


So sorry about your 'family matters.'

What's most interesting on this topic is that the realm of "irreversible" (permanent) has grown rather than shrink even though most of us would rather have less permanence in what we say/write.

Back in the days days of real, dial-up, one person on at a time unless you had two phone lines hooked into two modems in one or two computers, a message board post or private message was on as permanent at the SysOp chose or the PC lasted.

Now, instantaneously in some instances, typos, common errors, libelous materials, can all be irreversible - it is impossible to contact everyone that has read a post (and emailed it to a friend) to provide a correction.

Google and will keep thorough records of each change you've made to a posting and there's no way to stop anyone from emailing articles or quoting incorrect materials on their own blogs. No amount of 'oops' can cover someone else citing your own mistakes.

Posted by: Nathan B at August 15, 2006 02:09 PM

hey Stephen...I sent you an email, but it bounced due to an overfull email inbox.

sorry for your loss and the process endured.

by the way, congrats to you and's been over a year that Blogspotting has been active. thanks for the excellent posts during that time.

Posted by: jbr at August 16, 2006 04:59 PM

Cremation from the human standpoint is irreversible, but according to many scriptures there is going to be a resurrection and the almighty God that created the first humans can restore the human body no matter what the condition. Certainly, he can recall every single detail of those he raises from the dead. As a matter of fact, his son Christ Jesus said "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out"

Cremation is an economical and sensible way to dispose of the human remains. Once we are dead, we know nothing at all anyway.

Posted by: Billy at August 16, 2006 07:37 PM

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