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 top Books of the yr 2011 Title

At the center of human adventure lies an obsession with the character of dying. faith, for many of heritage, has supplied an evidence for human lifestyles and a imaginative and prescient of what comes after it. yet within the past due 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 fingers: people may perhaps stop to be animals, defeat loss of life, and develop into immortal.

In The Immortalization Commission, the acclaimed political thinker and critic John grey takes a super 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 facts of a nonreligious kind of lifestyles after loss of life, grey increases interesting questions on how such ideals threaten the very nature of what it capability to be human. He appears to philosophers, newshounds, politicians, charlatans, and mass murderers who all felt pushed through a particularly medical and glossy worldview and whose rebellion opposed to dying ended in a chain of experiments that ravaged entire international locations.

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

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