154 Ethics, Sociology and Philosophy the extropian transhumanist movement, Max More, argues that “Superlongevity without Overpopulation” is entirely feasible. Another instinctive objection to the scientific conquest of death is to claim that dying is, after all, natural. Businessman and activist Mike Treder takes issue with the contention that this is “Upsetting the Natural Order.” He sees death as an evil to be eradicated, and the desire for immortality to be far from unnatural – as do many of our scientific contributors. Eric S. Rabkin, Professor of English Language, examines the  way  in  which  the  human  struggle  for  immortality  has been  represented  in  literature.  In  a  thorough  and  insight- ful  investigation  he  comes  to  conclude  that  the  desire  for immortality is “The Self-defeating Fantasy”. Opposing the preceding author, who advocates the expansion of conscious- nessbymergingdigitalselvesinto‘super-beings,’Rabkinwarns, “Who would choose such a neutered eternity?” We can see that there is another dimension in the discussion of life span: identity and its conception. Dr. Manfred Clynes leads us in a challenging discussion on “Timeconciousness in Very Long Life”. If the time we experience is more important than the length of time we live, how would it alter our iden- tity if we were conscious of time in a different way? After such abstract excursions, some readers will no doubt be pleased to come upon an essay by a true ‘identity’ who is by no means “neutered”: Shannon Vyff, mother of three, is a real life immortality advocate who practices caloric restric- tion, is signed up for cryonic suspension and lobbies for life extension  research  in  her  spare  time.  In  her  “Confessions of a Proselytizing Immortalist” she shares her own story, thoughts and experiences.    But  should  someone  like  Shannon  really  call  herself  an ‘Immortalist?’ Ben Best, President of the Cryonics Institute, himself a firm advocate for conquering death, feels there are