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Youniverse: Toward a Self-Centered Philosophy of Immortalism and Cryonics

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  • 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)
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By Henry R. Hirsch on June 22, 2009
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Youniverse is one of the most important works of philosophy of this and the last century because it reveals the ideas and convictions of a visionary who foresees the possibility of a blindingly bright future for the human race. Projections of current scientific knowledge support his belief that the aging process which destroys us will be halted and reversed. People will live as long as they want and be able to accomplish their goals without consideration of time. For those who were born too soon to enjoy indefinite lifespan, Ettinger has invented cryonics. We will be preserved at low temperatures until we can be revived and rejuvenated..

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.
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a great book from a great man...I recomend this book for anyone interested in philosphy and science.
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I read about R.C.W. Ettinger in Dr. Sebastian Seung's book "Connectome," and went on to read all his other books, starting with "Man Into Superman," continuing on to the one that started it all, "The Prospect of Immortality," and finishing with this one. In retrospect, I wish I started with this one, mainly because I could have saved a lot of money. R.C.W. Ettinger frequently mentions in this book that his other books are available as free PDFs on the Cryonics Institute website (they're under resources when you go there), and I have written reviews on the other books mentioning that (he mentions the Cryonics Institute website almost at the beginning of the book). Unless you REALLY want a hard copy of all of Ettinger's works, I recommend just buying this book and getting his other books for free online.

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.
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