A Beginner's Guide to Immortality

A Beginner's Guide to Immortality

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qA Beginner's Guide to Immortalityq 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 lifeOCOs astonishing richness and glimpse the diversity of human imagination. Part memoir and part surrealistic perspective on culture, qA Beginner's Guide to Immortalityq 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 brainOCOs own marijuana, and the mathematics of the apocalypse? Could we be a mere software simulation living in a matrix? Who is Elisabeth Kbler-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?q... can decrease the incidence ofnegative emotionsandpain triggered by reminders of past experiences. ... In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cannabis was available with a prescription and used to help with migraines and ulcers, and todayanbsp;...

Title:A Beginner's Guide to Immortality
Author:Clifford A. Pickover
Publisher:Basic Books - 2009-04-01


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