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The Quest for Immortality

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This study group is about one of the most profound human questions: the confounding mystery of why we must die, what happens afterward — and how we might transcend our mortality. Our quest to understand it requires us to make decisions about the very essence of our human nature and so it drives how we construct our lives and societies here on earth. Throughout millennia, we have imagined a myriad of extraordinary visions of the afterlife and ways to attain it (lacking any firsthand accounts). We will explore how these concepts originated, evolved across the globe, and still influence us today, drawing on brain science, evolutionary anthropology, philosophy, psychology, theology, history, and ancient-to-contemporary literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. For the impatient among us, we’ll gaze into the future of becoming immortal here on Earth, when technology uploads our consciousness into avatars and cyborgs. Finally, we’ll ask ourselves the existential question: “Do we really want to live forever?” Informed discussion and participation are expected, based on our text: Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilization, by Stephen Cave (First Skyhorse Publishing Edition, 2017), augmented by articles, videos and speakers. Let’s dive in together!

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Dorothy Balabanos2.Steve VanderVoort3.Carol Dietz 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/5/2020 - 6/4/2020 Weekly - Thu 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Carol Dietz  ; Steve VanderVoort  ; Dorothy Balabanos