The Immortalization Commission
Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat DeathBook - 2011
Gray (Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern), a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics, examines two oddly paired movements of deluded immortalists: the Victorian Society for Psychical Research sought scientific evidence of an afterlife in the œautomatic writing of mediums, and the God-builders, an elite circle of Bolsheviks (such as Maxim Gorky) who believed socialism could re-engineer humanity to abolish death. From these studies, Gray distills intriguing insights into Darwinism's impact on philosophy and the similarities between religion and the scientific worldview; he finishes with a nakedly scornful, fatalistic attack on human efforts to avoid extinction, both individual (cryonic preservation) and collective (antiglobal warming initiatives).
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2011
Characteristics: xi, 272 p. : ill ; 22 cm