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I Won’t Stop For Death; It Will Stop For Me

Therefore, as a Jewish person, I plan to spend that afternoon I had reserved for that exhibit with people I care about looking at animals in the zoo, looking at the wonders of the living world around me. If I am curious about the digestive system, I’ll use a computer simulation program to make sure that when I focus on studying the human body, I do so from the point of view of the living and not the dead.

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