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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
About the Author
Gennady Stolyarov II is, above all, an individual who seeks to use ideas to change the world. He is an actuary, philosopher, amateur mathematician, composer, poet, and futurist. He has published The Rational Argumentator (http://rationalargumentator.com/), an online magazine for world-transforming ideas, since 2002. Mr. Stolyarov’s thousands of published works include articles, short stories, poems, videos, academic study guides, musical compositions, audio recordings, and fractal artworks. His online books, available for free download, include Eden against the Colossus, Implied Consent: A Play on the Sanctity of Human Life, A Rational Cosmology, The Best Self-Help is Free, and the Guide to Stolyarovian Shorthand. Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).
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This is presented as a children's book, but it's actually just a preachy essay on death sucking.
The essay is too simplistic for adults & too complicated & depressing for kids. It's also just plain boring. The few pictures aren't ones kids will enjoy.
The message of this essay is "we are all going to die! That is wrong! Fix it!" The focus is on "we are going to die" & "it's wrong." "Fix it" is barely covered, mostly by links to websites for further research about life extension (& some links are broken).
The essay is more likely to make kids fearful of death than it is to make them hopeful for the future of science. Fear of dying is more likely to turn kids into agoraphobes than into scientists.
I was hoping this would be a book that would entertain kids while encouraging an interest in transhumamism & STEM. But it's most definitely not.
(If anyone has found transhumanist children's books that are actually enjoyable for children please comment on my review with recommendations! It's fine too if they're only subtly transhumanist. Thanks!)
However, I do not believe it to be very engaging, this is something all children should be required to read but I don't think it will have much influence without being a required reading, without parents and teachers making the children become engaged in the utility of life extension education and technologies.
There is nothing else like this out there, yet, and the value of this book is that it allows children to circumvent years of doubting, misdirection, logical obstacles and lies pertaining to the only thing that truly matters in the known universe; the true value of the human life.
As a children's book the reading requirements seem to target middle to high-school age and does make some beneficial although unrealistic- at-times expectations where such theories can go.
Nevertheless I would recommend this book as it seems to have the potential to inspire others while young to take a great challenge in understanding where technology can take us. The benefits of a younger,informed, critical generation to embrace and help develop the trans-humanist movement has massive potential. I would recommend this to children and anyone else who is interesting in reading it. Understand that we still live in a tradition-based society and many people will dismiss such notions. This book in the hands of open-minded children and families can help change the world for the better.
All the harm that occurs is due to our compromise with time and it's death that turns the clock faster on us every day. Freedom from involuntary death will give us the time we need to enjoy life without without ever having to miss out on precious moments with the people we love. Image a new generation coming along that will have the opportunity to raise their children in optimal health while taking 20 year or so sabbatical to devote entirely to the people they bring into the world. It will be a generation like none before it and a triumph we as a species haven't yet seen.
This easy to read book will no doubt have a significant impact on the future of mankind. The end of death is coming and you'd be wise to make sure your kids have the right mindset to take their place in the future.
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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s simplistic yet factual. I recommend it.