The mission of the Immortality Institute is to conquer the
blight of involuntary death.
Some would consider this goal as scientifically impossible.
Some would regard it as hubris. Others say: Dont mention
the Dword, it will just scare people, and turn them away
from the very real possibility that modern science will help us
to dramatically extend our healthy life span.
What should we make of this? Is it possible that scientists
or at least humankind will conquer the blight of invol-
untary death? If so, to what extent will we succeed? What is
in fact possible today, and what do the experts predict for the
future? Is such a thing as immortality feasible? Moreover, is
it desirable? What would it mean from a political, social, ethi-
cal and religious perspective?
This book will help to explore these questions.
When the Institute was approached regarding the possibility
of distilling some of the lively and insightful debates that take
place within its online forums into book form, questions arose
over what such a book should contain. In the last few years, a
couple of very good books on the scientific conquest of death
have been published. (These are indexed in the bibliography
at the end of this work.) How would this book be special?
After careful consideration, the answer seemed clear: This
should be the first truly multidisciplinary approach to the
topic. We would discuss not only biological theories of aging,