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The New Physics of Immortality

What if we put two geniuses in Schrödinger’s cat box?

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Nobody Puts Monty in a Box by Jennifer Davis

Concerned about mortality, I flipped to the back page of the new book Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death to learn about its main author. Robert Lanza, MD, “is one of the most respected scientists in the world” and a U.S. News & World Report cover story called him a “genius” and “renegade thinker,” even likening him to Einstein. Deepak Chopra calls his new book “An enlightening and fascinating journey that will forever alter your understanding of your own existence.”Cool. I flipped to Chapter 17: You’re Dead. Now What? to find out what’s going to happen. A few passages stood out:So self-body identification is the first mistake we make when we’re trying to probe the nagging issue of mortality. . . . We could theoretically chop off all our parts until we’re only a grain in a bottle somehow kept alive with nutrients, yet we’d still feel, “Here I am. I’m still fully me!” And that “me” feeling endures regardless of how much of your body is gone. . . . What if the electrical swarm we call consciousness could be contained in some kind of futuristic plasma co …

Stephen Kiesling is a former Olympic rower, cocreator of the Nike Cross Training System, and editor in chief of Spirituality & Health. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.


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