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There are two ways of explaining what brain death means. The first looks at the brain as a vital organ. When brain death criteria are satisfied, the brain no longer functions, and, therefore, the person is dead. Since death of the brain is incompatible with life, death of the brain, proven by various tests, is an indicator of death in the same way that a flat EEG and absent respirations are indicators of death. The diagnosis of death is open to re-examination when new new or better criteria for brain function are devised.
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But how do we know it has a soul? Historically, religion, philosophy, and science have claimed' the ability to distinguish through revelation or observation between classes of entities that are animate and those that are inanimate. The * Orthodoxy surrounding beliefs about death has been very important historically, so much so that it often separated sects that could be tolerated as legitimate variations of institutionalized religious life from heresies that came to be repudiated (Segal, 1977).