Can science conquer death? It may seem like an absurd
question, but some people think it's possible. In this hour of To the
Best of Our Knowledge we'll meet Aubrey de Grey, a maverick English
scientist who has identified seven major kinds of molecular and cellular
damage. He thinks we can prevent all these natural cases of death and
thereby extend our lives indefinitely.
Aubrey de Grey is the maverick scientist who's
the chief science officer of the Methuselah Foundation. He's identified
seven categories of molecular and cellular damage. He says if we can
prevent or repair that damage, there's no reason why people can't go
on living indefinitely. His complete, unedited interview with Steve
Paulson can be heard HERE.
Also, we hear Umberto Eco's thoughts in favor of death, and Jim
Fleming reads an excerpt from writer Julian Barnes' memoir
"Nothing to Be Frightened of."
The complete, unedited interview Steve Paulson
did with Aubrey de Grey addresses much more of his research.
Web listeners will find it HERE.
Right-click and choose "save-as" to download.
Diana Athill was the editor of some of the most
celebrated writers of our time, including John Updike, Simone de Beauvoir,
and V.S. Naipaul. At the age of 91 she's written her second memoir,
"Somewhere Towards the End." Athill talks with Anne Strainchamps
about how her life has changed in old age.
Simon Critchley is the author of "The Book
of Dead Philosophers," a quirky account of how various philosophers
thought about death and died themselves. Critchley, a philosopher at
the New School for Social Research, talks with Steve Paulson.
Also, Lincoln Hall is an Australian mountain climber. He tells
Jim Fleming about his fatal adventure on Mt. Everest, the subject
of his book "Dead Lucky: Life after Death on Mount Everest."
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- "Legend" from "Metheny
- Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations
- Crow & McNabney & Haimowitz
- Variation XXVfrom Bach's Goldberg
Variations - Crow & McNabney & Haimowitz
- "Bard" from "Elegiac Cycles" -
Brad Mehldau (Warner Bros)
- "Lament for Linus" from "Elegiac Cycles"
- Brad Mehldau (Warner Bros)
- "The Philospher's Song from "The Instant
Monty Python CD Collection" (Virgin Records)
- "Unrequited" from "Metheny Mehldau"
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