How to Live Forever Or Die Trying: On the New Immortality

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Simon & Schuster, 2007 - Aging - 307 pages
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"I want to live for ever" sang the Kids from Fame, and they are not alone: the search for immortality has been a constant human refrain throughout history. But medical science has improved at an exponential rate in recent decades and there are those who believe that the ability to cheat death will soon be within our reach: the first person to live to be 1,000 years old has, they say, already been born.
What has happened to get people so excited about the prospect of eternal life? And if they are right, what would it mean for us as human beings? If death became negotiable, would we still fall in love or have children? Would we still, in fact, be human? HOW TO LIVE FOREVER OR DIE TRYING tackles these and myriad other questions with dazzling skill. Funny, thought-provoking and often profound, it manages to grapple with the big issues of existence without blinding the reader with science, and sheds new light on why we are the way we are.

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Bryan Appleyard hat ein Studium am King's College in Cambridge absolviert und war von 1976 bis 1984 Financial News Editor and Deputy Arts Editor bei der Times. Seither ist er als freier Journalist fA1/4r eine ganze Reihe angesehener Zeitungen und Zeitschriften tAtig, darunter The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times und Vanity Fair. Er ist dreimal als Feature Writer of the Year und zweimal mit dem British Press Award ausgezeichnet worden. Als Dozent hat er an den UniversitAten von Boston, St. Andrews, Glasgow, Leeds, Cambridge, Oxford, Dublin, London und Liverpool unterrichtet. Er ist Fellow des World Economic Forum. Er hat mehrere SachbA1/4cher verfasst, darunter das auch in deutsch erschienene, viel gelobte Der halbierte Mensch. Die Naturwissenschaften und die Seele des modernen Menschen und zuletzt Aliens: Why They Are Here. Appleyard lebt in London.


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