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How to Cheat Death with Quantum Resurrection
and Other Weirdness


By Sarah Griffiths / Daily Mail Online

Since time immemorial, man has wondered what comes after death.

Now there's a book that charts mysterious death rituals throughout history, from cremation, which was used 22,000 years ago, to quantum resurrection which could let us 'live' forever in the future.

This is the idea that in an 'infinite amount of time, anything is possible' and that we could reappear back on Earth in the future as if we'd never been away.

A book has been released that charts death rituals throughout history, from cremation, used 22,000 years ago, to quantum resurrection (illustration of space and time shown) which could let us 'live' forever in the future. This is the idea that in an 'infinite amount of time, anything is possible' and we could reappear back on Earth

It is just one of the many examples of death rituals and beliefs in Clifford A Pickover's book, 'Death and the afterlife. A chronological journey from cremation to quantum resurrection.'

Penned by science author Clifford A Pickover, who also works at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Centre in New York, it also charts the evolution of theories about the afterlife throughout millennia.

The idea of quantum resurrection is discussed in his book by physicist Katherine Freese.

She believes quantum resurrection could await us all, and if it is possible it could take the form of Boltzmann brains – self-aware brains floating through space.

Pickover added: 'What patterns and connections will we see as the 21st century progresses? How will we continue to cope with death – or elude death – in the future?

'Our rituals and myths are, at minimum, fascinating models of human understanding and creativity – and how we reach across cultures to understand one another and learn about what we hold sacred.

'Perhaps our brains and cultural evolution operate in a way that predisposes us to believe in the souls, spirits and the afterlife to foster community cohesion and create a sense of peace as the deaths of family members and of ourselves, approach.

'The reasons for our fascination with death and the rituals we use to make sense of death are buried deep in the essence of our nature.

How to Cheat Death: Transhumanism to Cryonics

The book charts futuristic ideas about how humans could one day cheat death.

It includes the idea of transhumanism, cooked up in 1957 and is considered to involve the use of technology to enhance human mental and physical capabilities, t gradually make people 'posthuman'. This means we could become immortal.

Cryonics, invented in 1962 offers hope that someone could be brought back to life, after being frozen. The idea is that technology will advance to a point where people could be revived and cured of diseases that may have killed them to have a second chance at life. Today, bodies are stored a -196°C (-320°F).

In 1967, German engineer Konrad Zuse hypothesises we may be living in a computer simulation and could even spend our lives in a simulated reality once our minds are uploaded to computer chips.

MindTrip MagazineThe mind-boggling idea of quantum immortality was first devised in 1987 and relies on the 'many worlds interpretation' of quantum mechanics. The theory holds when the universe is confronted with a choice of paths at a quantum level, it follows the possibilities, splitting into multiple universes. This means if we die, in most parallel universes we will be dead, but in a handful, you will be alive.

Quantum resurrection is the idea that in an infinite amount of time, anything is possible and that we will reappear, according to physicist Katherine Freese. It's possible it could take the form of Boltzmann brains – self-aware brains floating through space.

 

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