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What’s your strategy for beating death? Stephen Cave’s "Immortality"

Biteback Limited, 2012.

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How much would you say your life is influenced by your fear of death? Some say that everything humankind does reflects this fear, from art to science to politics.

Whether you’re interested in cryogenics, seeing your face on-screen, or are invested in your children’s education, author, philosopher and former diplomat Stephen Cave believes you’re likely unconsciously following one of four timeless strategies for beating death: the quest for immortality (coincidentally the name of Cave’s newest book), the belief in the soul, the promise of resurrection, or the pursuit of legacy.


Do your actions fit any of these categories? What would the world look like if we all truly did live forever?


Stephen Cave, author of "Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization"

Read an excerpt of "Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization:"