irreversibility


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irreversibility

see DOLLO'S LAW OF IRREVERSIBILITY.

irreversibility (ir´ēvur´sibil´itē),

n incapable of being returned to the original state.
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Interestingly, fear of death and physical injury, two of the most commonly feared items, can be related to children's understanding of the irreversibility of death and its link to the cessation of bodily functions.
Assuming that advancing age is indicative of a reduction in survival time and that this reduction is strongly linked to an increased intertemporal discount rate (the notion that spending today is more important than saving today and spending tomorrow), it is reasonable to assume that the higher the age of the individual, the greater the weight of the irreversibility of the decision to convert.
Thus, if objections to normative determinations of irreversibility can be overcome and circulation is definitive, Boucek's patients really are dead based on circulatory criteria.
In that film, anticipating the future presents no choices because the characters have withdrawn from the irreversibility of their past and therefore from their responsibilities.
As one can see in the Table 4 the discount rate of return ([rho]) differs from the modified one ([rho]') which includes uncertainty and irreversibility.
Even in brain death, the notion of irreversibility can be questioned, given the theoretical availability of decompressive craniectomies to prevent the pressure-related arrest of brain blood flow in refractory intracranial hypertension.
In this instance, the force of increasing the follow-on options dominates the force of irreversibility for expansion timing.
One of the most obvious sources of heterogeneity is the degree of irreversibility of investment itself; that is, the smaller the possibilities to disinvest, the larger the negative impact of uncertainty on investment spending.
It can be seen that using the nonazeotropic refrigerant mixture can reduce heat pump irreversibility and therefore, increases efficiency.
The goal of the next president should not only be democratic change and reforms, but ensuring their irreversibility.
Irreversibility, Real Options, and the Optimal Search Approach
Geoengineering suffers from a tendency to see the world in Newtonian terms, as an accretion of linear causalities that admit time but not the irreversibility of history.