A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: Extraordinary People, Alien Brains, and Quantum Resurrection [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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 K├╝bler-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?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786734610
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,285,218
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of thirty-six highly acclaimed books on science, mathematics, art, and religion. His web site, pickover.com, has received several million visits.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction
A Celebration of Unusual Lives     xiii
A Symphony for Chameleons     xv
Pop Culture     xvi
A New Age for America     xvii
The Butterfly Effect     xx
Truman Capote, John Cage, Jack Parsons, and Beyond     xxii
Truman Capote and The Brain from Planet Arous     1
John Cage and the Zen of Music     23
Gilgamesh, God, and the Language of Angels     40
The Matrix, Quantum Resurrection, and the Quest for Transcendence     75
Jesus and the Future of Mind-Altering Drugs     128
Clockwork Butterflies and Eternity     157
Evolution, Ice Cream, and The Goddess of Chopped Liver     176
The Whispers of History     208
Conclusion     235
Cathedrals of the Mind     243
Notes     275
References     311
Index     317
About the Author     321
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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    FUN

    This book is a collection of musings about pop culture,combined with scientific and historic facts. A good book for people who have a curiosity about science,but aren't really science minded.

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