March 5, 2014 - Death
is no more than passing from one room into another. But thereÂ’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
Light cannot exist without darkness, and neither can life exist without death. But that wonÂ’t get in the way of extended-life seekers who plan on letting children know (get Â’em early) that the most natural process and fundamental aspect of being alive - is WRONG.
The following is a creepy appeal for Transhumanism
and immortality, attacking those who suffer from unevolved Â’pro-death prejudicesÂ’.
Gennady Stolyarov is afraid to die, and not afraid to say so. He also strongly believes that human beings donÂ’t have to die, or at least, will live much, much longer in the future. A writer and transhumanist
activist, Stolyarov sees death as something that can be "solved" by technology and science, and one day it will possible to extend life indefinitely. To that end, heÂ’s trying to buck the cultural perception that mortality is inevitable, and heÂ’s starting with kids.
Stolyarov published the childrenÂ’s book Death Is Wrong in November, and Zoltan Istvan, author of The Transhumanist Wager, unearthed the story in a post on Psychology Today. Now Stolyarov is promoting the book with an Indiegogo campaign, trying to crowdfund $5,000 to print and distribute 1,000 copies of the book and get the anti-death word out. (Hat tip to "The mainstream of society remains pervaded by the old death-acceptance arguments," the campaign page explains. To get rid of these "pro-death prejudices," the book gives an overview of the major reasons that life extension is feasible and desirable. It makes the case for immortalityÂ—for ages eight and up.
The life-extension movement is one faction of the transhumanism creedÂ—the idea that we can transcend the limitations of being a human being by embracing technological progress. Both radical ideas are certainly gaining traction, thanks in no small part to GoogleÂ’s Calico moonshot project announced last fall, an initiative to study and defeat aging, and eventually even mortality itself.
Google, which also raised eyebrows by hiring renowned futurist and AI expert Ray Kurzweil as its director of engineering, has breathed new life into the H+ movement. So much so in fact that just this week, a handful of transhumanist activists gathered outside the Googleplex with signs saying Â‘Immortality now,Â’ Â‘Viva Calico,Â’ and Â‘Google, please, solve Death.Â’Â”
"This is merely the beginning," wrote the blog the Proactionary Transhumanist about the Â“protest.Â”