21G Oil on canvas 2010 Jun 60cm x 60cm
Many people believe that - At the exact moment of death, a human loses precisely 21g in weight.
The origin of the 21g figure can be traced to Duncan MacDougall, a doctor working in Haverhill, Massachusetts in the early 1900s. MacDougall had a keen fascination with death and spent part of his career on an almost obsessive hunt for evidence of the soul. He thought that if humans had a soul, it must exist in the body as some kind of material, and that material must weigh something.
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