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Death is Wrong Paperback – November 25, 2013
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- "I thought the book was fun to read and important in what it tries to accomplish." - Psychology Today
- "As a transhumanist, I was pleased to discover the nonfiction children's book Gennady Stolyarov II and his wife Wendy Stolyarov recently created and published." - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET)
- "Not too grammatically complex, and not too excruciatingly simplistic, Death is Wrong is a blunt dose of reality, quick to the punch and holding nothing back. This is the book I wish I'd have read as a young child." - The Proactionary Transhumanist
- "The language is just saccharine enough for children to dig into, but the portentous themes will strike deep, philosophical chords in adults. The overall message is positive: The way technology is headed, we should be able to continue discovering and doing the things we love indefinitely." - Fast Company
- "The book makes a philosophical case for why death is the enemy. [...] Stolyarov also bucks the idea that aging inevitably means inching closer to death. He and other life-extension advocates make a point to differentiate between 'aging,' the passage of time, and 'senescence,' the biological breakdown of the body." - Motherboard
- "Gennady Stolyarov II and his wife Wendy Stolyarov do not believe in death. They think science and technology can solve it and, until it does, we need to begin thinking that our end is not a foregone conclusion. [...] First, they think, the cultural perception of mortality has to be changed, and the best method to achieve that goal is to begin with teaching children." - Huffington Post
- "The book, written for children ages eight and above, is filled with more text - not to mention more philosophic and scientific reasoning - than the average Dr. Seuss. [...] Its final message is a call to action: Dying is wrong, children, but through scientific progress you can make it right." - Mashable
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The artwork deserves mention as well. Wendy Stolyarov's illustrations definitely add to the book. Her faces seem unusually expressive. The lovely art helps advance the positive nature of the book. Good stuff.
After reading it, I found myself wishing they'd write another one, fiction, or maybe even a graphic novel, portraying the story the cover art hints at -- a young boy ordering death away, forever, we'd hope. If they do, I'll buy it. In the meantime, I recommend this one without reservation. It's worth reading.
Disclaimer: both of the Stolyarovs are friends and former students of mine. They know I don't give praise lightly and that I criticize when I think it's due. The reader of this review should know, though, that I've known the author and illustrator since 2006.
Not once have I ever considered that death is wrong; the concept is so obscure that I may never have thought of it myself. Sure, many times I've concluded that "death sucks." and "death is unfair" but that was the extent of my thoughts on the topic.
Now that I'm presented with the idea, I finally get it. Death is wrong. We're finally at a point in human history where we don't have to accept what we've been given naturally. We can decide our own future, we can make more time to do what we've always wanted to do, but never had time for.
Part of this book offered ideas on how one could spend their time, if one could live forever. Knowing that this book is tailored for children readers, I almost put the book down at that point because I don't need ideas on how I could spend extra time! Almost every day I feel like I don't have enough time to do the things I want to do. Regardless, the ideas in the book renewed my interest in several subjects, and sparked interest in subjects I would pursue, if given more time.
I am into space exploration. I thought the only way humans could possibly explore distant galaxies was to create robots who could take the time intensive trip to another place, then relay their experiences back to earth, hundreds or thousands of years later. The decedents of the creators who built the robots and launched the rockets would be able to enjoy the other world experiences, but the creators would be long gone.
If we make the change to remove death, our perception of time will change as well.Read more ›
s simplistic yet factual. I recommend it.
Mr. Stolyarov attacks the very notion of death as inevitable. And he calls it morally wrong. Altho' it may be initially shocking, what thoughtful or virtuous person can disagree with this? None that I can think of. Certainly none that have read this short but immensely powerful book.
'Death is Wrong' is marketed somewhat for children. And they'll indeed enjoy it immensely. But it seems mostly for adults. No-one over 18 will be bored with it, or find it slow-paced or simplistic. I was hugely educated by it. Who knew that certain animals lived past 500? Or certain plants past 5000? How aware are people of the remarkable successes that have already been achieved with expanding the lifespans of worms, fruit flies, and even mice?
'Death is Wrong' is a radical and wondrous book which couldn't be more important. I found it powerful and brilliant, and I recommend it to everybody!
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This book is an absolutely essential product for all bookstores to sell and all libraries to have at least one copy of if not more. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Matthew Bendyna
The message this book conveys is a genuinely, universally altruistic and morally right one, and may help set children's priorities sooner so they can get on the right path and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by pvp.report
I rate this book based on hearsay. I was not able to download the book, and I have no access to a copy.Published 22 months ago by stevo
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