The most important and urgent goal for humankind

Ariadne Labs, a new think tank founded by Atul Gawande, aims to solve end of life issues. The American way of death: Hallmark cards show a new candour about terminal sickness. Scott McLemee reviews The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth by Ted Anton. Don’t hold your breath: Will Oremus on why science won’t save us from old age anytime soon. If you want to live longer, do nothing: If intervening in the aging process with current biomedical science has any positive effect at all, it will be far too small to worry about — it’s far more likely to harm us. Oxford academics Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg pay to be cryogenically preserved so they can be “brought back to life in the future”. From The Believer, Alex Mar on how transhumanist FM-2030 Fereidoun Esfandiary envisioned a world in which humans were limited by nothing not even death; and Matt Bieber interviews Todd May, author of Death. Mark Alfino reviews The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Death. Brad Frazier reviews Death by Shelly Kagan. Filip Matous interviews Stephen Cave, author of Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization. Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov plans on becoming immortal by 2045. B. J. Murphy on why immortality is not a waste of time. From Immortal Life, Eric Schulke and Violetta Karkucinska on how death costs the world a lot of opportunity; and Giovanni Santostasi on why defeating aging and death is the most important and urgent goal for humankind.