Sunday 21st July, 2013
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Religions generally promise some form of immortality to capitalize on our fear of death. Atheists have to come to accept that we will die, and there are various strategies for doing so. One of the prevalent ones is asserting that death is a good thing which enriches life, and that immortality is bad in principle. This would not be a panel about Kurzweil-style life extension or dreams of uploading, but rather a discussion about whether hypothetically an unbounded lifespan is fundamentally a good thing that humanity should strive for, or a corrupting influence that would do more harm than good. I do have my bias, but a panel with people who've come to informed conclusions on both sides is the ideal, no strawmen on either side.
Author of The Postman, Startide Rising, Kiln People, The Transparent Society. My blog: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/ bio from Twitter
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