- Paperback: 428 pages
- Publisher: Universal Publishers (April 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599429799
- ISBN-13: 978-1599429793
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,555,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Youniverse: Toward a Self-Centered Philosophy of Immortalism and Cryonics
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Ettinger is a man who loves life, perhaps because he has had more experience than most with death. As an infantry officer in World War II, he saw the death of comrades and was wounded so badly that he spent four years in an army hospital. Death is not to be feared because "the dead do not suffer - but they do not have much fun either." Life and health are not the most important things. They are everything.
Hence Ettinger's formula for living, his personal philosophy, summarized in the one-word title, Youniverse. The subtitle, Towards a Self-Centered Philosophy of Immortalism and Cryonics, reveals more. Each person is at the center of his or her own youniverse. To try to behave otherwise is to invite misery. Quoting Auden: "We are all here to help others. What I can't figure out is, what the others are here for." Occasional quotations of this sort lighten the tone of Ettinger's very serious book.
Ettinger's four-word summary of his philosophy, "Me-first, Feel-good." is valid but is misleading when taken out of context. It is not a variant on the pleasure principle.Read more ›
About this book itself, it's a really great book, as were his other books. Ettinger is one of the most interesting authors to read, and is really laid back and flippant in his tone. This particular book expounds on his "me-first, feel-good" philosophy, which isn't about being selfish and having everything about you. In a college honors course I took in Fall 2013, we learned that one could be selfless (do everything for others and not for yourself), selfish (do everything for yourself and not for others), or have self-interest (do things for yourself but taking into account others), and Ettinger's philosophy is similar to self-interest, except perhaps with a bit more emphasis on doing things mainly for you and taken from a more scientific rather than political perspective (the class I took was essentially a politics class).
While Ettinger keeps the tone of the book generally light, there are some denser parts to the book.Read more ›