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Long For This World

Author: Jonathan Weiner
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062000217
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“[A] searching and surprisingly witty look at the scientific odds against tomorrow.” —Timothy Ferris Jonathan Weiner—winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and one of the most distinguished popular science writers in America—examines “the strange science of immortality” in Long for This World. A fast-paced, sure-to-astonish scientific adventure from “one of our finest science journalists” (Jonah Lehrer), Weiner’s Long for This World addresses the ageless question, “Is there a secret to eternal youth?” And has it, at long last, been found?

The Immortalization Commission

Author: John Gray
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 0307375730
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A great philosopher will change the way you think about your life. For most of human history, religion provided a clear explanation of life and death. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries new ideas — from psychiatry to evolution to Communist — seemed to suggest that our fate was now in our own hands. We would ourselves become God. This is the theme of a remarkable new book by one of the world's greatest lving philosophers. It is a brilliant and frightening look at the problems and opportunities of a world coming to grips with humankind's now solitary, unaided place in the universe. Gray takes two major examples: the belief that the science-backed Communism of the new USSR could reshape the planet, and the belief among a group of Edwardian intellectuals — popularized through mediums and automatic writing — that there was a non-religious form of life after death. Gray presents an extraordinary cast of philosophers, journalists, politicians, charlatans and mass murderers, all of whom felt driven by a specifically scientific and modern world view. He raises a host of fascinating questions about what it means to be human. The implications of Gray's book will haunt its readers for the rest of their lives. From the Hardcover edition.

Toward Post Ageing

Author: Katarina Felsted
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319090518
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This book examines the emergent and expanding role of technologies that hold both promise and possible peril for transforming the ageing process in this century. It discusses the points and counterpoints of technological advances that would influence a reconstruction of what it means to age when embedded in a post-human vision for a post-biological future. The book presents a provocative interdisciplinary meta-analysis that contrasts paradigms with inflection points, making the case that society has entered a new inflection point, provisionally labeled as Post Ageing. It goes on to discuss the moderate and radical versions of this inflection point and the philosophical issues that need to be addressed with the advent of post ageing activities: postponing and possibly ending ageing, primarily through technological advances. This book will be a valuable resource for professionals who wish to review the continuum of varied constructs and intersects of technologies ranging from those purporting to enhance the activities of daily living in older adults, to those that would enable the older worker to stay competitive in the labor market, to those that propose to extend longevity and ultimately, claim to transcend ageing itself—moving toward a transhumanistic domain and more specifically, a post-ageing inflection point.

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Author: Rebecca Skloot
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0230752772
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, now an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey & Rose Byrne Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta’s family did not learn of her ‘immortality’ until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . . Rebecca Skloot’s fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world forever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world. ‘No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book’ Hilary Mantel, Guardian ‘An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman’s cells have saved countless lives’ Daily Telegraph ‘A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent’ Metro

Living In Awe

Author: Shelli Prindle
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 1622301730
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The posture of every human heart should be one of awe, a life-altering amazement at the God of the universe. When we are immersed in awareness of His power and truth, we are able to live as He intended - confident that His glory will be the end result of our lives and the ultimate outcome of everything. (I Corinthians 15:28) My prayer is that the devotions of Living in Awe! will help us - by the grace of Jesus - to refuse to be consumed by our own selfish desires and a small view of God. Instead, we will realize that God stands ready to give us true satisfaction by sweeping us into His grand plan for the cosmos. I pray we will be caught up in His greatness and realize that peace comes when our hearts are fixed on who He is, for He is great and above all else! "Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him." Psalm 33:8 As Founder and President of Hope and Passion Ministries, Shelli Prindle is a dynamic voice for the intellectual credibility and implications of a Christian worldview for every sphere of life. Shelli has been enthusiastically sharing God's Word with people of all ages for more than 25 years. She has served as both a teacher and administrator of Christian schools for 15 years and is currently on staff at Norwin Alliance Church. Shelli is a popular and engaging church, seminar, and conference speaker with recognized expertise in Christian leadership, apologetics, and education. She resides in Irwin, PA with her husband Jeff.

The Denial Of Death

Author: Ernest Becker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 141659034X
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Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than twenty years after its writing.

The Immortality Option

Author: James P. Hogan
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 9780345397874
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Living on the frozen world of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, the robotic race of the Taloids is discovered by Earth, completely stumping the scientific community, until Taloid digital DNA is recovered from the moon's ancient computer banks. Reprint.

Occupy Nation

Author: Todd Gitlin
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062200933
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“[A] much needed book…a compelling portrait of the Occupy movement…that capture[s] the spirit of the people involved, the crisis that gave Occupy birth, and the possibility of genuine change it represents.” —Eric Foner, author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery The Occupy Wall Street movement arose out of a widespread desire of ordinary Americans to change a political system in which the moneyed “1%” of the nation controls the workings of the government. In Occupy Nation, social historian Todd Gitlin—a former leader of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who stood at the forefront of the birth of the New Left and the student protests of the 1960s and ’70s—offers a unique overview of one of the most rapidly growing yet misunderstood social revolutions in modern history. Occupy Nation is a concise and incisive look at the Occupy movement at its pivotal moment, as it weighs its unexpected power and grapples with its future mission.

Heavens On Earth

Author: Michael Shermer
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472140605
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A scientific exploration into humanity's obsession with the afterlife and the quest for immortality from the bestselling author and sceptic Michael Shermer In his most ambitious work yet, Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans' belief in life after death. For millennia, the awareness of our own mortality and failings has led to religions concocting comforting notions of an afterlife, of heaven and hell, utopias and dystopias, and of the perfectibility of human nature. Heavens on Earth explores the numerous manifestations of the afterlife - a place where souls might go after the death of the physical body. Religious leaders have toiled to make sense of this place that a surprisingly high percentage of people believe exists, but from which no one has ever returned to report what it is really like. This is one of the most profound questions of the human condition and has long driven philosophers and theologians to try to understand the meaning and purpose of life for mortal beings, and how we can transcend mortality. Shermer details recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality by radical life extentionists, extropians, transhumanists, cryonicists and mind-uploaders, along with utopians who have attempted to create heaven on earth. Heavens on Earth concludes with an uplifting paean to purpose and progress and what we can do in the here-and-now, whether or not there is a hereafter.