A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: Extraordinary People, Alien Brains, and Quantum Resurrection

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Basic Books, Dec 27, 2006 - Science - 323 pages
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A Beginner's Guide to Immortality is a celebration of unusual lives and creative thinkers who punched through ordinary cultural norms while becoming successful in their own niches. In his latest and greatest work, world-renowned science writer Cliff Pickover studies such colofrul characters as Truman Capote, John Cage, Stephen Wolfram, Ray Kurzweil, and Wilhelm Rontgen, and their curious ideas. Through these individuals, we can better explore life's astonishing richness and glimpse the diversity of human imagination. Part memoir and part surrealistic perspective on culture, A Beginner's Guide to Immortality gives readers a glimpse of new ways of thinking and of other worlds as he reaches across cultures and peers beyond our ordinary reality. He illuminates some of the most mysterious phenomena affecting our species. What is creativity? What are the religious implications of mosquito evolution, simulated Matrix realities, the brain's own marijuana, and the mathematics of the apocalypse? Could we be a mere software simulation living in a matrix? Who is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Emanuel Swedenborg? Did church forefathers eat psychedelic snails? How can we safely expand our minds to become more successful and reason beyond the limits of our own intuition? How can we become immortal?
 

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Self-indulgent, idiosyncratic, religion-riddled smorgasbord that would not have been published if the author were not prolific and well known. Some interesting topics, such as mind uploading, the stupidity of drug-prohibition laws, and the Carter/Leslie Doomsday Argument. Read full review

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Gilgamesh God and the Language of Angels
40
FOUR
75
FIVE
128
SEVEN
176
EIGHT
208
CONCLUSION
235
NOTES
275
REFERENCES
311
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Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of thirty-six highly acclaimed books on science, mathematics, art, and religion. His web site, pickover.com, has received several million visits.

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