The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death

The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death

John Gray

A Globe and Mail most sensible Books of the 12 months 2011 Title

At the guts of human adventure lies an obsession with the character of loss of life. faith, for many of heritage, has supplied an evidence for human existence and a imaginative and prescient of what comes after it. yet within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, such ideals got here below relentless strain as new ideas―from psychiatry to evolution to communism―seemed to signify that our destiny used to be now in our personal arms: people may well stop to be animals, defeat dying, and turn into immortal.

In The Immortalization Commission, the acclaimed political thinker and critic John grey takes an excellent and scary examine humankind's risky striving towards a systematic model of immortality. Probing the parallel faiths of Bolshevik "God-builders," who sought to reshape the planet and psychical researchers, who believed they'd proof of a nonreligious type of lifestyles after loss of life, grey increases interesting questions about how such ideals threaten the very nature of what it potential to be human. He appears to philosophers, newshounds, politicians, charlatans, and mass murderers who all felt pushed through a in particular medical and smooth worldview and whose insurrection opposed to demise led to a sequence of experiments that ravaged entire nations.

An pressing exam of Darwin's post-religious legacy, The Immortalization fee is an enormous paintings from "one of Britain's top public intellectuals" (The Wall road Journal).

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