If you could choose, would you want to live forever?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Marylebone Gardens

35 marylebone high street, London, W1U 4QA, London (map)


Would you want to live forever given a choice? Human life expectancy increases by 7 hours per day, every day. But even so, our average lifespan gives us 30,000 days total. On March 13th, in Marylebone Gardens, join fellow LPCers to learn and cheerfully debate about immortality.

Philosopher Stephen Cave will guide the evening, exploring with us four ways which have been tried since the beginning of time by hopefuls of all creeds and races to achieve immortality. He’ll also present the case for adopting a philosophy that encourages us to look death in the eye.

NOTE: There will be a charge of £4 on the door, to cover room hire and transportation cost for Stephen. Doors open at 630 and Stephen will begin the discussion promptly at 7pm.

“An epic inquiry into the human desire to defy death – and how to overcome it.” — The Financial Times

“Fascinating.” — The Economist

“Immortality is a must-read exploration of what spurs human ingenuity… He presents an extremely compelling case – one that has changed my view of the driving force of civilisation as much as Jared Diamond did years ago with his brilliant book Guns, Germs and Steel.” — The New Scientist


About the speaker:

Stephen was born in Cornwall, in the beautiful but rainy Southwest of England, back in the days when Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan were topping the charts.

After a decade studying and teaching philosophy, he was awarded his PhD in metaphysics from the University of Cambridge in 2001. Before dedicating himself to writing, Stephen made ends meet working as a diplomat, negotiating international treaties on behalf of Her Majesty.

Stephen has since written essays, features and reviews on many philosophical, ethical and scientific subjects, from human nature to robot warriors and animal rights. He writes regularly for the Financial Times, and has also written for the New York Times, the Guardian, Wired and others. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Österreichischer Rundfunk and elsewhere.

His first book, Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, was published in English and other languages in spring 2012. Stephen lives in Berlin with his wife, the journalist Friederike von Tiesenhausen, and their many daughters. He speaks fluent German.

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