All posts by John Messerly

Can Science Make Us Immortal?

Human chromosomes (grey) capped by telomeres (white)

If death is inevitable, then all we can do is die and hope for the best. But perhaps we don’t have to die. Many respectable scientists now believe that humans can overcome death and achieve immortality through the use of future technologies. But how will we do this? Continue reading Can Science Make Us Immortal?

Grant Wahl’s Death: Why Lying Is So Harmful

Grant Wahl.jpgGrant Wall (1973-2022)

This morning I was moved by reading Dr. Celine Grounder’s brief New York Times opinion piece about the death of her young husband and all the cruelty it has elicited and the ignorance it has revealed. I highly recommend reading the tribute to her deceased husband.

While Dr. Grounder rightfully focuses on the extraordinary ignorance that connects covid vaccination to every death—there is no connection between the two whatsoever, Wahl died of a ruptured aeorta—I would also like to consider Continue reading Grant Wahl’s Death: Why Lying Is So Harmful

Dan Fogelberg – River of Souls

Peoria Riverfront Park Dan Fogelberg Memorial Site

“To every man the mystery
Sings a different song
He fills his page of history
Dreams his dreams and is gone.”

Below is a music video of the most thoughtful song I’ve ever heard about death, one that appeals to me in my occasional mystical moments. The words, music, and vocals are by the American musician Dan Fogelberg (1951 – 2007), who is best known for his hit songs

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Betrand Russell’s Message to Future Generations

Above is Bertrand Russell, one of my intellectual heroes, around age ninety, talking about the most important lessons he would leave to future generations. And below is an excerpt from Russell’s  essay “How To Grow Old.” It is one of the most beautiful reflections on death in all of world literature. Continue reading Betrand Russell’s Message to Future Generations