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The Immortalization Commission: The Strange Quest to Cheat Death par [Gray, John]
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Revue de presse

The most prescient of British public intellectuals (Financial Times)

Gray has consistently anticipated the shape of things to come ... he teaches us that true humanism is to be found in uncertainty and doubt (Will Self)

The closest thing we have to a window-smashing French intellectual (Andrew Marr)

A visionary ... one of the most reliably provocative and heterodox voices in British intellectual life today (New Statesman)

Gray is a philosophical maverick, a pricker of bubbles, a deflater of balloons, a true iconoclast for whom our chief competing accounts of existence - the religious and the humanist - are both fatally flawed (Globe and Mail)

Deeply thoughtful, brilliantly narrated (Raymond Tallis Literary Review)

A romp of a read ... John Gray is a connoisseur of human idiocy (John Banville Guardian)

Our sharpest critic of utopian fantasies skewers the crazed but enduring dream of cheating age, time and death (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

John Gray, the counter-prophet who scorns all claims that humans can transcend the human condition ... You don't have to agree with Gray to enjoy the fireworks (Marek Kohn Independent)

Elegant ... He is on to something important regarding the delusion that science consists of indefinite progress (Sunday Telegraph)

Gray is an engaging writer, an entertaining historian and a controversialist whose opinions can never be taken for granted (New Statesman)

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At the heart of all human experience lies our obsession with death. For many years we turned to religion for answers, but with the twentieth century came ideas from evolution and politics to suggest that our lives - and afterlives - were in our own hands. Such ideas went on to have both trivial and terrible effects: from a sweeping craze of séances to the mass-murders of the Stalinist terror.

Gray raises vital questions about the 'truths' science can offer, the technology we are still exploiting for immortality - and exactly what it means to be human.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 280 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0385667906
  • Editeur : Penguin (27 octobre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Those whom the gods wish to punish, they first drive insane. . . 20 novembre 2014
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John Gray has described the quest of the 19th century British-Jewish elite to elude death. In doing so, he has written an absorbing meditation on the self-punishing shadow of racist pretensions.

Driven by a sense of their own superiority, a superiority that was leaving its scars on the so-called underclasses who surrounded them, the Elite was offended by Death -- the fate that they shared with those whom they regarded as their inferiors....the stupid masses...the cattle. The Elite easily embraced Darwinism, because it justified their view that they (the evolved upper classes -- the gods of this material world) had the right to "do what they willed" to the masses.

By describing the Elite's failed personal relationships, John Gray exposes the gap between the intellectuals' presumptions and their reality. Gray describes the personal struggles of Elitists, such as Lord Balfour, HG Wells, Bruce Lockhart, and Maxim Gorky.

H G Wells, in particular, was pained by the awareness that his intellectual precepts contradicted his attachment to a woman (Moura Budberg) who was a thoroughgoing liar -- the antithetical embodiment of his concept of morality. He knew that he ought to reject her, but he could not. This irrational contradiction undermined Wells' self-assured worldview. Wells' son Anthony West noted, "I don't think that the effect that this discovery had on my father can be overrated."

In sum, the Elite are shown to have failed themselves and each other.
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