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Over time, some ideas do cross the repugnance barrier to become reality. Charging interest on loans. Selling human sperm and eggs. Profiting from a loved one’s premature death. This last example of course describes how life insurance works. Today it is standard practice to wager on your own death in order to provide for your family. Until the mid-nineteenth century, life insurance was considered “a profanation,” as the sociologist Viviana Zelizer writes, “which transformed the sacred event of death into a vulgar commodity.


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SARVESH MURTHI .D .D
The scriptures present a God who delights in genocide, rape, slavery, and the execution of nonconfor...
STEVEN PINKER
You know that when your partner deletes their messages to a past lover after being accused of cheati...
STEVEN MAGEE
I'm a writer. Now I've started to be on television. I have a big mouth. And I have good TV t...
STEVEN COJOCARU
Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives....
STEVEN SPIELBERG
Visits to crowded Indian urban centers unleash sensory assaults: colorful dress and lilting chatter ...
STEVEN RATTNER
Economic libertarians and Christian evangelicals, united by their common enemy, are strange bedfello...
STEVEN PINKER
It's very intense to be in front of a live audience. It's just an amazing experience. It'...
STEVEN WRIGHT
When it is perceived that a show has gone awry, the pressure is staggering, and as a writer caught i...
STEVEN BOCHCO
Some people believe that the nuclear bomb should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, since it scared t...
STEVEN PINKER
While my friends were busy listening to the Talking Heads, Police, and B-52s, I was busy teaching my...
STEVEN SINOFSKY
My head's not in the clouds, but I think I've gotten too much credit for being an astute bus...
STEVEN SPIELBERG
I never even thought of myself as deadpan until someone wrote an article about me about a year after...
STEVEN WRIGHT
I was arrested for lip-syncing karaoke.
STEVEN WRIGHT
My roommate got a pet elephant. Then it got lost. It's in the apartment somewhere.
STEVEN WRIGHT
I have had nothing to do in any way, shape or form with the mailing of these anthrax letters, and it...
STEVEN HATFILL
After reviewing the polygraph charts in private, the polygraph examiner told me that I had passed an...
STEVEN HATFILL
I acknowledge the right of the authorities and the press to satisfy themselves as to whether I am th...
STEVEN HATFILL
Writing is an antidote for loneliness.
STEVEN BERKOFF
I have an answering machine in my car. It says, I'm home now. But leave a message and I'll c...
STEVEN WRIGHT
My mother is from another time - the funniest person to her is Lucille Ball; that's what she lov...
STEVEN WRIGHT
Semantics is about the relation of words to thoughts, but it also about the relation of words to oth...
STEVEN PINKER
Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time... I think I’ve forgotten this b...
STEVEN WRIGHT
Back then it was nothing like today. So you'd go to the bowling alley. We bowled and you could b...
STEVEN TYLER
20th-century totalitarian movements were no more defined by a rejection of Judeo-Christianity than t...
STEVEN PINKER
Jews are known for many things, but strength, swiftness, and agility are not among them. There is on...
STEVEN PINKER
My wife and I had decided not to let anybody take pictures of our home because it was just the last ...
STEVEN TYLER
My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
STEVEN WRIGHT
I performed adequately at school, but in comparison to my older brother, who set the record for the ...
STEVEN CHU
My physics teacher, Thomas Miner was particularly gifted. To this day, I remember how he introduced ...
STEVEN CHU
I liked school, but I used to dread those moments when the teacher would call me up to give an oral ...
STEVEN WRIGHT
The Champions League is the competition everyone wants to be in.
STEVEN GERRARD
When free from the confines of our normal identity, we are able to look at life, and the often repet...
STEVEN KOTLER
I dread having to call the police, as I have no idea if they will send good cop, bad cop, lying cop,...
STEVEN MAGEE
The gifts of the Master are these: freedom, life, hope, new direction, transformation, and intimacy ...
STEVEN JAMES
When Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that...
STEVEN HALPERN
The atoms become like a moth, seeking out the region of higher laser intensity.
STEVEN CHU
One should rather die than be betrayed. There is no deceit in death. It delivers precisely what it h...
STEVEN DEITZ
I xeroxed my watch. Now I can give away free watches.
STEVEN WRIGHT
People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don't have a middle or an end any more. They usua...
STEVEN SPIELBERG
Last night somebody broke into my apartment and replaced everything with exact duplicates... When I ...
STEVEN WRIGHT
If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer?
STEVEN WRIGHT
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
STEVEN WRIGHT
My parents taught me how to listen to everybody before I made up my own mind. When you listen, you l...
STEVEN SPIELBERG
I'll be a story in your head. That's okay. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh...
STEVEN MOFFAT
The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.
STEVEN WEINBERG
Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway.
STEVEN COALLIER
You know how it is when you go to be the subject of a psychology experiment, and nobody else shows u...
STEVEN WRIGHT
The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them th...
STEVEN SPIELBERG
Loud is a way of life.
STEVEN ADLER
Drummers are conductors - we set the pace for the music - so if you're not relaxed and feeling r...
STEVEN ADLER
I thank God, Jesus, and my Grandmother for being able to support myself and my family.
STEVEN ADLER
If the Police could do a reunion... One of the biggest jerks I ever met was Sting. If he can do it, ...
STEVEN ADLER
I guess my first digital movie was 'Tintin' because 'Tintin' has no film step. There...
STEVEN SPIELBERG