Print This Post

Life Eternal

Hour 2:           Humans have been obsessed with living forever since, well, forever. Why do some people still believe it’s possible to cheat death? This hour, we’ll look at key figures in the quest for life eternal with Adam Leith Gollner, author of “The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever” (Scribner, 2013).

  • Guest

    If you don’t believe in an existence after this life, what’s your motivation for living or loving? All that you do in this life will be lost or can be completed by others if your existence ends at a physical death.

  • Clyde Seeger

    Quite simply life wants to live — it’s a powerful motivator. So powerful that we seek life beyond this one.

  • Clyde Seeger

    Another excellent show.

    Kris and Staff, I’ve been a fan of your show and NPR for many years. I listen to KERA all day every day and your show is consistently among the very BEST NPR has to offer. But I know that only because I’m lucky enough to be in your broadcast area.

    Years ago I speculated this show would go National at any time. Year after year since then, I just shake my head and ask why?

  • Michaela Samuels

    Life is far more than just a road to another dimension. Assuming that goodness and love can only be desired because of some afterlife reward or punishment really limits the very ideal of goodness and love; indeed, an argument can be made that one is only truly loving and good without the belief in some posthumous reward.

  • Robin Burke

    Well it’s often because of our children, notice how teens & adults often aren’t civic minded or simply don’t vote until kids come into their lives, suddenly they realise there’s a big picture than just them and now & after their passing from this mortal coil.
    I don’t believe in a spiritual afterlife yet I try to do good for the greater good. As a species, we have a very advanced perception of time, we know there’s a lot of time to come & we can see the affects of our present actions on that future.
    Besides, we’re very little more than our DNA & it’s driving purpose is to reproduce & advance against dangers by adapting via mutation and cross-mixing. We’re just a very small part of the bigger puzzle of life on this planet, just a shame we’re making a mess of it for ourselves & everything else.

  • Jason

    Where is he getting this idea of time not existing? Pretty sure it’s not Gödel…

blog comments powered by Disqus