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Immortality : the quest to live forever and how it drives civilisation

Author: Stephen Cave
Publisher: London : Biteback, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Immortality shows how the quest to live forever has driven the development of human civilisation, and how that quest is now coming to a climax through modern science. It argues that humans are hardwired to pursue eternal life, and that the way they have done so has stayed remarkably consistent through the ages. All the main beliefs on defying death, from freeing your soul to freezing your brain, fall into four  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Cave
ISBN: 9781849541367 1849541361
OCLC Number: 772973535
Description: xii, 340 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Stephen Cave.

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Immortality shows how the quest to live forever has driven the development of human civilisation, and how that quest is now coming to a climax through modern science. It argues that humans are hardwired to pursue eternal life, and that the way they have done so has stayed remarkably consistent through the ages. All the main beliefs on defying death, from freeing your soul to freezing your brain, fall into four simple categories, the four paths to immortality. Although all four paths are ancient, science is now showing us, for the first time in human history, which of them could really lead to infinity. Immortality uses the stories of ten exceptional characters, from Queen Nefertiti to the Dalai Lama, to show how these four paths have shaped our culture from ancient times through to today. Unlike most books on this hugely popular subject, Immortality does not argue from a particular religious viewpoint. Written by Stephen Cave, philosopher (PhD, Cambridge) and regular writer for the Financial Times, it shows general readers how the latest research in fields from anti ageing to neuroscience is providing new answers to life's most important question.

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"A beautifully clear and entertaining look at life after death. Cave does not shrink from the hard questions. Bold and thought-provoking." --Eric Olson, author of "The Human Animal "and "What Are We? Read more...

 
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