Has published the book ‘What If We Don’t Die?’, with the sub-title ‘The Morality of Immortality’, with Copernicus/Springer.
From the blurb:
‘What If We Don’t Die?’ deals with the very real possibility of earthly immortality, and the human and societal implications of such immortality, including whether it is desirable.
The book looks at what makes immortality appear so attractive, and at the possibility that we would be better served with longer lives and the freedom to terminate our lives at the time when life has given us all the joy, inspiration and personal development it possibly could.
What If We Don’t Die?
– Presents major moral dilemmas associated with human immortality, something which seems imminent due to rapidly progressing biomedical research.
– Touches on big questions: is it acceptable that the immortal generation will be the last? How much life do you want? What is the purpose of life if life never ends?
– Will trigger your imagination by putting a new spin on free will, current concepts of time and eternity, the possibility of multiple universes and multiple yous.
What If We Don’t Die? draws extensively on philosophical and religious thought on the purpose of life and introduces novel perspectives on existence, personality and immortality based, for instance, on quantum mechanics and multiverse theory.
The book is available with all the major book sellers, and, of course, from Amazon and Springer itself, http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319190921
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I found your book quite interesting. For a few years now I have considered Earthly immortality likely to happen in my lifetime and have been looking for people considering the practical and moral implications of the transition. I thought it was a good overview of a lot of topics; it would be great it more people were interested in continuing the conversation.
The reason I find immortality came from trying to understand quantum mechanics and learning about multiverses, especially the concept of self-locating uncertainty (SLU), which is one of the leading explanations for how agents can make their predictions agree with QM. Because of SLU, I disagree with your distinction between “you yous” vs “other yous” and I would say any kind of infinite multiverse implies subjective immortality. Even without SLU a branching model of Many Worlds would seen to guarantee I’ll always have a future experience and I can discount the branches where I’m dead.
For this reason one of the ideas I’m most focused on is what sort of continuity exists – surely it isn’t an immortal body. But if it’s “my sense of self”, do I get to define what I consider me? I also wonder if it requires physical continuity of some form. Maybe being resurrected like how Frank Tipler outlines in his book is enough.