Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization

Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization

Stephen Cave


a desirable paintings of well known philosophy and heritage that either enlightens and entertains, Stephen Cave’s Immortality investigates no matter if it simply should be attainable to reside eternally and no matter if we must always wish to.  however it additionally makes a strong argument, that is that it’s our very preoccupation with defying mortality that drives civilization.
 
Central to this e-book is the metaphor of a mountaintop the place you'll find the Immortals.  because the sunrise of humanity, all people – whether or not they comprehend it or no longer – has been attempting to climb that mountain.  yet there are just 4 paths up its treacherous slope, and there have merely ever been 4 paths.  all through background, humans have wagered every little thing on their number of the right kind course, and fought wars opposed to these who’ve selected differently.
 
While Immortality takes the reader on an eye-opening trip from the beginnings of civilization to the current day, the constitution isn't really chronological.  particularly it truly is course driven.  As every one course is printed to us, an historic determine serves as our guide. 
 
In drawing again the curtain on what compels people to “keep on retaining on,” Cave engages the reader in a couple of mind-bending idea experiments.  He teases out the consequences of every immortality gambit, asking, for instance, how lengthy anyone may dwell in the event that they did manage to procure a superbly disease-free body.  Or what may take place if a super-being attempted to around up the atomic components of all who’ve died to be able to resurrect them.  Or what our household would truly be doing in heaven if it does exist.  Or what a part of us really lives in a piece of paintings, and the way lengthy that murals can survive. 
 
Toward the the book’s finish, we’re faced with a chain of brain-rattling questions: What might take place if the next day to come humanity came across that there's no lifestyles yet this one?  might humans proceed to care approximately their favourite activities crew, please their boss, vie for the name of Year’s most sensible Salesman? Would three-hundred-year tasks nonetheless get started?  If the 4 paths up the Mount of the Immortals lead nowhere -- if there's no getting as much as the summit -- is there still reason to live?  and will civilization survive?
 
Immortality is a deeply pleasurable booklet, as confident concerning the human because it is insightful in regards to the real arc of heritage.

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