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Author : Stephen Cave
ISBN : 1510716157
Genre : History
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A fascinating work of popular philosophy and history that both enlightens and entertains, Stephen Cave’s Immortality investigates whether it just might be possible to live forever and whether we should want to. But it also makes a powerful argument, which is that it’s our very preoccupation with defying mortality that drives civilization. In drawing back the curtain on what compels humans to “keep on keeping on,” Cave engages the reader in a number of mind-bending thought experiments. He teases out the implications of each immortality gambit, asking, for example, how long a person would live if they did manage to acquire a perfectly disease-free body. Or what would happen if a super-being tried to round up the atomic constituents of all who’ve died in order to resurrect them. Or what our loved ones would really be doing in heaven if it does exist. Or what part of us actually lives in a work of art, and how long that work of art can survive. Toward the book’s end, we’re confronted with a series of brain-rattling questions: What would happen if tomorrow humanity discovered that there is no life but this one? Would people continue to care about their favorite sports team, please their boss, vie for the title of Year’s Best Salesman? Would three-hundred-year projects still get started? Immortality is a deeply satisfying book, as optimistic about the human condition as it is insightful about the true arc of history.

Transhumanism Engineering The Human Condition

Author : Roberto Manzocco
ISBN : 9783030049584
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Enchanted Objects

Author : David Rose
ISBN : 9781476725659
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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In the tradition of Who Owns the Future, an MIT Media Lab scientist imagines how everyday objects can intuit our needs, improve our lives, and form “an ethereal interconnection of gadgets and human desires that...will pervade our lives in the very near future” (The Wall Street Journal). We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development, a world in which technology becomes more human. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use: our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans. These objects will respond to our needs, come to know us, and even learn to think ahead on our behalf. David Rose calls these devices—which are just beginning to creep into the marketplace—Enchanted Objects. In Rose’s vision of the future, technology atomizes, combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of daily living. Such innovations will be woven into the background of our environment, enhancing human relationships, channeling desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. The enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter real life. Groundbreaking, timely, and provocative, Enchanted Objects is a “delightful” (The New York Times) blueprint for a better future, where efficient solutions come hand in hand with technology that delights our senses. It is essential reading for designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone who wishes to take a glimpse into the future.

The Great Perhaps

Author : Burton F. Porter
ISBN : 9781442247222
Genre : Philosophy
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Burton F. Porter explores the philosophical question of the existence of God in an open, yet critical, way, examining the argumentation used by centuries of human society to support or reject divinity.

Military Review

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A History Of Man S Quest For Immortality

Author : Mark A. McGee
ISBN : 1933580364
Genre : History
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According to the author, people were born to live, not die. Death is unnatural. He asks if people are born to live, why do they die? How can they cheat death and live forever?

The Economist

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Radical Surgery

Author : Joseph A. Califano
ISBN : 0812924134
Genre : Medical
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The Washington policy maker and renowned author of AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE REVOLUTION heats up the health-care debate, with a warning against "sick care" and a call for patient empowerment.

The Quest For Wisdom In Plato And Carl Jung

Author : Martha C. Beck
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