The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia, 1st Edition

  • Anya Bernstein
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  • ISBN-10: 0691185956
  • ISBN-13: 9780691185958
  • DDC: 001.9
  • 296 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title offers a gripping account of the Russian visionaries who are pursuing human immortality. As long as we have known death, we have dreamed of life without end. This book explores the contemporary Russian communities of visionaries and utopians who are pressing at the very limits of the human. It profiles a diverse cast of characters, from the owners of a small cryonics outfit to scientists inaugurating the field of biogerontology, from grassroots neurotech enthusiasts to believers in the Cosmist ideas of the Russian Orthodox thinker Nikolai Fedorov. It puts their debates and polemics in the context of a long history of immortalist thought in Russia, with global implications for Silicon Valley and beyond. Questions such as If aging is a curable disease, do we have a moral obligation to end the suffering it causes? are considered. This volume is a fascinating account of techno-scientific and religious futurism—and the ways in which it hopes to transform our very being.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
The Future of Immortality.
1: Freeze, Die, Come to Life: The Many Paths to Immortality.
2: Our Body Must Become Our Cause, the Common Cause.
3: Ending Death by Disease: The “War on Aging”.
4: Inside NeuroNet.
Conclusion: Time. Space. Life..
A Note on the Type.