Proper - definition of proper by The Free Dictionary
The Definition of Death; Defining Death - garlikov
Until relatively recently, when a person's heart stoppedbeating forsome length of time, they were thought to be unable to be revived or torevive on their own and were thought to have no possible mentalactivitythen or ever again. Just after medical science learned it couldre-starthearts which had quit beating, people whose hearts had been restartedweresaid to have been "dead for two minutes" or for whatever amount of timethere heart had been idle. That, however, is a metaphorical or mistakenuse of "dead" or is simply a use of the term "dead" because of a formallegal or medical definition, even though that definition does notinvolvethe essential aspect of death that means when you are dead, you are not"coming back." To ask whether someone who died some time in the past is"still dead" can only be a joking kind of question. To say someone diedduring surgery and then was resuscitated and is now fine is not to meanthey "died" in the normal sense of the word.
The Definition of Death Rick Garlikov
This is not a definition of death; it is a criterion fordeciding whendeath has first occurred. It is the earliest state ofnon-(self-activity)or of non-(important activity) from which no one has ever known to haverevived or been revived. Now one can imagine a day when either a new,importantbodily activity is detected (or brain waves too weak for an EEG can bedetected by another, more sensitive machine) when an EEG does notdetectbrain waves, or one can imagine the day when someone discovers somechemical,electrical, or surgical, or whatever, balm or procedure that can getstoppedbrains or stopped brain waves "going" again (or rendered unnecessary).Should this occur, we would need a new criterion for telling when aperson'slife is first "gone forever" -- but having one's life be gone forever(interms of no realistic possibility of important body activities, asdescribedpreviously) would still be what death is, and it would be the same nowas it has always been.