The Immortalization Commission

Author: John Gray

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SKU: 9780141041889

'Our sharpest critic of utopian fantasies skewers the crazed but enduring dream of cheating age, time and death' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

At the heart of all human experience lies our obsession with death. For many years, we turned to religion for our answers, but at the turn of the twentieth centuries ideas from evolution and politics seemed to suggest that our lives - and afterlives - were in our own hands. These ideas would have both trivial and terrible effects, from the nightmares of H. G. Wells's science fiction and the wild, sweeping craze of séances to the murder of millions in the Stalinist terror.

In this combative and provocative book, John Gray raises vital questions about the 'truths' science can offer, the technology we are still exploiting for immortality - and exactly what it means to be human.

'John Gray, the counter-prophet who scorns all claims that humans can transcend the human condition . . . You don't have to agree with Gray to enjoy the fireworks' Marek Kohn, Independent

'Elegant . . . He is on to something important regarding the delusion that science consists of indefinite progress' Sunday Telegraph

'One of the most important and insightful polemicists currently writing in English... humanism's most vocal critic' Financial Times

'Gray is an engaging writer, an entertaining historian and a controversialist whose opinions can never be taken for granted' New Statesman

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