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e-Book Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality download

e-Book Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality download

by Jonathan Weiner

ISBN: 0060765364
ISBN13: 978-0060765361
Language: English
Publisher: Ecco; 1st edition (June 22, 2010)
Pages: 320
Category: Biological Sciences
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To be sure, scientists don’t categorically agree on the possibility of immortality but have strong ideas for and against the major arguments.

To be sure, scientists don’t categorically agree on the possibility of immortality but have strong ideas for and against the major arguments. If we ask the experts the simple question Why can’t we continue to live non-stop? What stands in the way?

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We’re dedicated to reader privacy so we never track you. We never accept ads. But we still need to pay for servers and staff. Could we live forever? And if we could-would we want to?-From publisher description.

Jonathan Weiner-winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and one of the most distinguished popular science writers in America-examines the strange science of immortality in Long for This World. A fast-paced, sure-to-astonish scientific adventure from one of our finest science journalists (Jonah Lehrer), Weiner’s Long for This World addresses the ageless question, Is there a secret to eternal youth? And has it, at long last, been found? Lisätietoja. Tietoja kirjoittajasta.

Jonathan Weiner (born 1953, in New York City) is a writer of non-fiction books on his biology observations, in particular .

Jonathan Weiner (born 1953, in New York City) is a writer of non-fiction books on his biology observations, in particular evolution in the Galápagos Islands, genetics, and the environment. He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the 1994 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science for his book The Beak of the Finch. In 1999 he won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize in 2000 for his book Time, Love, Memory about Seymour Benzer.

Long for This World The Strange Science of Immortality Jonathan Weiner For my father If heaven too had passions even heaven would grow ol. Ten Long for This World. Eleven The Trouble with Immortality

Long for This World The Strange Science of Immortality Jonathan Weiner For my father If heaven too had passions even heaven would grow old. -li ho, a bronze immortal. Eleven The Trouble with Immortality. Twelve The Everlasting Yes and No. Notes on Sources and Further Reading.

Chapter 10: long for this world. This book is still worth reading, although it is dated by its conviction that Freud and his disciples had us figured out: Becker, E. (1973). For an excellent collection of papers on aspects of the great questions can we and should we, see: Post, S. and R. H. Binstock, eds. (2004). The Fountain of Youth: Cultural, Scientific, and Ethical Perspectives on a Biomedical Goal. Oxford University Press. For John Cheever’s envy of Saul Bellow’s immortality, see Atlas, J. (2000). For a wonderful new book exploring some of the same emotional territory, read Barnes, J. (2008). Nothing to Be Frightened Of.

In his new book, Long for This World, Weiner makes similar use of another brilliant theoretical scientist, the English gerontologist Aubrey de Grey, a tireless proselytizer for radical life extension

In his new book, Long for This World, Weiner makes similar use of another brilliant theoretical scientist, the English gerontologist Aubrey de Grey, a tireless proselytizer for radical life extension. But unlike the Grants, de Grey emerges on the page as someone who can be taken only in small doses. Medievally thin and pale, as Weiner puts it, with a luxuriant beard that recalls Father Time before his hair turned gray or Timothy Leary unbound, he is given to provocative statements that can turn into sermons.

“[A] searching and surprisingly witty look at the scientific odds against tomorrow.”—Timothy Ferris

Jonathan Weiner—winner of the  Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and one of the most distinguished popular science writers in America—examines “the strange science of immortality” in Long for This World. A fast-paced, sure-to-astonish scientific adventure from “one of our finest science journalists” (Jonah Lehrer), Weiner’s Long for This World addresses the ageless question, “Is there a secret to eternal youth?” And has it, at long last, been found?

Comments:
Daiktilar
3.5 stars, actually. I'm a layperson who came to science via a diagnosis of breast cancer. I love reading mass market science books geared towards explaining medical issues.

I'm fascinated with the ways cells turn themselves on and off, get rid of garbage, and slowly lose function due to aging. I think I had expectations, however, about this book going in that colored how I read it.

It's very readable. The prose brings in references of all kinds, philosophers, poets, artists, historical figures, etc. At times, the prose, in its own self-congratulatory poetic expression, goes a bit too far out of the bounds of science to make comparisons when explaining a concept. It sometimes just didn't make sense.

Also, I was hoping for a bit more "here are some current scientific experiments having to do with aging" and a bit less "here's Aubrey De Grey and I eating breakfast in Ravenna."

The book is more about Aubrey de Grey and his theories about the 7 deadly ways our bodies kills us and how to stop them juxtaposed with descriptions of his hippiness and his flamboyance rather than a more thorough treatment of the topic, which is what I wanted. Don't get me wrong, Aubrey de Grey and his meeting up with the author provides for an entertaining read.

However, de Grey has some theories that aren't quite practical at the current medical moment. For instance, his idea about using some truly potent chemotherapy to kill off all telomeres on our cells so that they couldn't reproduce and thus mutate/make mistakes and thus cause aging or cancer seems like a horrific solution to this problem.

Anyway, the book flows well, is quite readable, and the voice of the author thought-provoking (if sometimes a bit full of himself as much as Aubrey de Grey). Worth reading for the entertainment value.

Vudojar
This is a fascinating book about scientists engaged in a new field called “immortality science.” It has to do with new research into extending the human life span and counteracting age degeneration. Would you like to live in good health for 200 years? A thousand years? Forever? Well, don’t get your hopes up quite yet, but you might want to read this book anyway. (Spoiler alert: The main thing I gained from reading this book was realizing that the prospect of living forever is a nightmare.)

Samardenob
This book is very well written. Makes you think and weigh the pros and cons of long life. Delves deeply into the science and theory of why we age. Leaving you to decide for yourself, which you would prefer, living long or short and sweet.

Erthai
I purchased Weiner's study deliberately after Publisher's Weekly reviewers referenced the unevenness of the text, curious about the nature of a medical journalist's imperfection; like many readers, I was initially sympathetic to Weiner's merger of character study, hard science, culture, but this professor bombed out by the middle of the book. Aubrey is not an equivalency to the risks of Momtaigne's philosophy, or a morally flawed character out of Trollope's repertoire, and Weiner's exposition starts to drag by the time we're introduced to Aubrey's love of his life partner towards the close of the book.

As a disability journalist myself, one who hasn't fed the publish or perish maw with a string of mediocre collections precisely due to what I am about to assert, while I am sympathetic to writer teachers who take risks, mixing genres, Weiner just isn't very good at his job, and unlike the more successful Lewis, of Big Short fame, Weiner doesn't understand how to shape his narratives. As a consequence, the science, the portraiture, the moral dilemma, and the humanisn, all of this gets severely short changed.

thrust
The race for longevity in recent years has been simply amazing. It is reaching a feverish state. People want to live longer and scientists are searching for quick solutions. Some people already lived to 120 years, including Moses. It is said that Noah lived to 950 years! Was this possible? Some modern-day gerontologists assure us that they could help a person live to 1000 years by doing the right things. They are willing to show us how.

Invariably, discussions about longevity lead us to questions about mortality and immortality . Why are we mortal? Is it not true that some creatures, like the freshwater hydra, are capable of renewing their life on a regular basis? And hasn’t our life expectancy been inching up from Roman times when it was in the twenties, moving up to the 40’s in 1900s and lately to the 80’s and a little beyond? Where does this progression end?

In this book, The Strange Science of Immortality, Dr. Weiner reviews for us the history of our thoughts on mortality with emphasis on recent developments. To be sure, scientists don’t categorically agree on the possibility of immortality but have strong ideas for and against the major arguments.

If we ask the experts the simple question Why can’t we continue to live non-stop? What stands in the way? Hasn’t our life expectancy been on the increase? What will stop it? The answers are surprising: One reason is chronic body inflammations which increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks. cancer and other deadly deceases. The other, more surprising factor is garbage - body debris! We rarely think of our bodies as infested with trash that handicaps its growth. Yet in fact debris infects our body from the colon to the macula and even into our cells. And, take oxygen, which is so essential to our life and wellbeing, yet this same oxygen works to oxidize our body causing rust-like deposits which prompt us to use antioxidants .

What then is one to do to live say, a thousand years? The experts think we should treat our body as we would a precious antique car: keep it clean, replace faulty parts, keep it polished, use the best gas, dive it regularly and safely. For the human body we need regular check-ups, the best medicines, healthy foods, regular exercise, the latest food supplements and replacement of weak and faulty body parts regularly. Would that do it? We’ll just have to wait few centuries (?!) to test this formula.

But, are we not missing a major factor here? What about the old criteria, "feasibility AND desirability"? For, who really desires to live one thousand years?! Some gerontologists believe immortality is not really a blessing but indeed a menace.

Fuad R Qubein
Jan. 2018

Hilarious Kangaroo
Fascinating, improbable, hopeful, scary, Sci Fi? Easy to read in spite of medical terminology. The mystery of it all pulls you along. Influenced me to lose weight, and get an exercise bike to live active extra years.

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