By Timothy Leary
Publish 12 months note: First released November 1st 2008
Death is more and more at the time table for child boomers relocating ever toward it. Timothy Leary brings a few startlingly clean rules to this subject. essentially, he claims, we've got been brainwashed by means of our associations — executive, equipped faith, the healthcare — to simply accept demise as an inevitable finish. Leary argues as a substitute that demise is misunderstood, that we don't have to die, and that there are "commonsense alternatives."
His thought rests at the transhumanist method that claims people are evolving into non secular machines — beings which are half human and half computing device and finally won't die because the time period is often understood. Being equipped with computing device components like bionic knees is a part of this approach. And as we evolve throughout the cybernetic age, he says, we are going to achieve new knowledge that broadens our definition of private immortality and gene-pool survival — the "postbiologic alternative of the knowledge species."
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Who would fardels bear, 33 34 Timothy Leary To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death,— The undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveller returns,—puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have, Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought; And enterprises of great pith and moment, With this regard, their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.
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