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Hi JD,

I wonder if you might have some non-numerical :) information to some questions I had arise from reading your interesting post?

You mention the movie "21 grams" is based on the theory that at the time of death, the human body loses that amount of weight - with the assumption that this signifies the loss of the soul.

Then you mention in the 1907 issue of a journal titled American Medicine, Dr. Duncan MacDougall explained his research into the weight of the human body as it died.

I am curious if the movie is basing its' theory on Dr. MacDougalls research or an independent concept. Either way, would you know if there is an online source discussing his work?

The main thing that puzzles me about coming to a conclusive measure and contributing it to the weight of the soul is that there are so many variables of what could be termed 'weight loss' of the body while living let alone death. Example: daily hair loss, skin cells, sweat, etc. Wouldn't all theses have to be considered (measured) too?

It's my understanding that at the time of death the bodys control of it's evacuation system (urinary & bowels) is lost and contents are discharged. And the contents are not a standard weight but dependent upon each individuals prior to death consumption.

At anyrate I find this an interesting topic and will watch for the movie which I hadn't heard of yet.


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Weight Loss at Death 1003 JDMilller 17-Apr-04 13:17
Re: Weight Loss at Death 210 Richard Fusniak 18-Apr-04 11:32
Re: Weight Loss at Death 273 Cleopatra 18-Apr-04 16:09
Re: Weight Loss at Death-do ideas have weight too? 257 Antgbrooks 18-Apr-04 17:54
Re: Weight Loss at Death-do ideas have weight too? 265 Cleopatra 18-Apr-04 20:23
A few more thoughts... 238 Cleopatra 19-Apr-04 10:11
Re: Weight Loss at Death-do ideas have weight too? 248 Antgbrooks 19-Apr-04 21:00
Reply for Anthony... 495 Cleopatra 20-Apr-04 11:26
Re: Reply for Anthony... 246 Cleopatra 20-Apr-04 13:03
Re: Reply for Anthony... 226 Antgbrooks 20-Apr-04 21:44
Repy for Anthony 2... 261 Cleopatra 20-Apr-04 12:48
Re: Repy for Anthony 2... 209 Cleopatra 20-Apr-04 13:58
Re: Repy for Anthony 2... 228 Antgbrooks 20-Apr-04 20:31
Re: Weight Loss at Death 190 Mercury Rapids 19-Apr-04 10:56
LOL 224 Richard Fusniak 19-Apr-04 13:31
Human and cremated weight. 226 JDMilller 19-Apr-04 15:56
Re: Weight Loss at Death 270 ArmchairObserver 20-Apr-04 08:05
Questions for JD 220 Astikapati 19-Apr-04 17:26
Re: Questions for JD 255 JDMilller 19-Apr-04 18:49
Reply for JD 202 Astikapati 20-Apr-04 11:20
Re: Weight Loss at Death 185 SunSword 19-Apr-04 18:35
Re: Energy Loss at Death 231 JDMilller 19-Apr-04 19:02
Re: Energy Loss at Death 256 SunSword 19-Apr-04 20:25
Re: Energy Loss at Death 225 JDMilller 19-Apr-04 22:21
Negative Energy? 310 Nejc 22-Apr-04 17:36
Reply to Anthony 202 Astikapati 20-Apr-04 07:38
Reply for Sunsword 241 Astikapati 21-Apr-04 04:04
Ectoplasm 221 Richard Fusniak 21-Apr-04 10:24

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