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A Beginner's Guide to Immortality : Extraordinary People, Alien Brains, and Quantum Resurrection - Clifford A. Pickover

A Beginner's Guide to Immortality

Extraordinary People, Alien Brains, and Quantum Resurrection

Paperback Published: 1st January 2007
ISBN: 9781560259848
Number Of Pages: 384

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A Beginner's Guide to Immortality 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 life’s astonishing richness and glimpse the diversity of human imagination.
Part memoir and part surrealistic perspective on culture, A Beginner's Guide to Immortality 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 brain’s own marijuana, and the mathematics of the apocalypse? Could we be a mere software simulation living in a matrix? Who is Elisabeth Kübler-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?

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction
A Celebration of Unusual Livesp. xiii
A Symphony for Chameleonsp. xv
Pop Culturep. xvi
A New Age for Americap. xvii
The Butterfly Effectp. xx
Truman Capote, John Cage, Jack Parsons, and Beyondp. xxii
Truman Capote and The Brain from Planet Arousp. 1
John Cage and the Zen of Musicp. 23
Gilgamesh, God, and the Language of Angelsp. 40
The Matrix, Quantum Resurrection, and the Quest for Transcendencep. 75
Jesus and the Future of Mind-Altering Drugsp. 128
Clockwork Butterflies and Eternityp. 157
Evolution, Ice Cream, and The Goddess of Chopped Liverp. 176
The Whispers of Historyp. 208
Conclusionp. 235
Cathedrals of the Mindp. 243
Notesp. 275
Referencesp. 311
Indexp. 317
About the Authorp. 321
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ISBN: 9781560259848
ISBN-10: 1560259841
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st January 2007
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.37

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