Book: Gilgamesh in the 21st Century - A Personal Quest to Understand Mortality by Paul Brackencategories: Book, Science, Consciousness, Mind, Religion, Afterlife, Death, Carl Sagan, Gilgamesh, Anthropology, Non-Fiction, Future, Mortality
Paul Brackenabout this book: I am a science writer living in Pleasant Hill, California - originally from Ireland. A few decades ago, I worked with Carl Sagan and The Planetary Society to promote space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Now I've written a book about what it means to be mortal, and what our fate may be. Gilgamesh in the 21st Century is a scientific unraveling of the topics that pertain to the human condition, including such matters as the origin of life, and the workings of the human mind. But it is also a highly personal inquiry; a reflection on childhood conversations with my grandfather about mortality and the meaning of life. As did the ancient Gilgamesh, this book asks if death is inevitable, or a problem to be solved by science.
• "We human beings instinctively resist the notion of personal extinction. In his thoughtful and hugely readable Gilgamesh in the 21st Century, Paul Bracken canters effortlessly through an amazing range of science to help put this fraught human proclivity in perspective, both for himself and for us."
— IAN TATTERSALL, American Museum of Natural History, New York City.
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