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Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death – Lugen Family Office

Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death – Lugen Family Office

 

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Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interestingly: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? In a fascinating talk Cave explores four narratives — common across civilizations — that we tell ourselves “in order to help us manage the terror of death.”

Philosopher Stephen Cave wants to know: Why is humanity so obsessed with living forever? 

 

Why You Should Listen To Him?

 

Stephen Cave is a writer and philosopher who is obsessed with our obsession with immortality. In 2012 he published Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, an inquiry into humanity’s rather irrational resistance to the inevitability of death. Cave moves across time and history’s major civilizations and religions to explore just what drives this instinct — and what that means for the future. Cave writes for The Financial Times and contributes toThe New York TimesThe Guardian and Wired

Live as if you were to die tomorrow – Gandhi

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.

Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life

Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life

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Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.

By day, Judy MacDonald develops children’s reading programs. By night, she helps others maintain their quality of life as they near death.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HER?

Judy MacDonald Johnston is the Publisher and Cofounder of Blue Lake Children’s Publishing, which develops educational reading tools for preschoolers through a program called the Tessy and Tab Reading Club. Johnston’s credo, “love words early,” and her focus on the earliest years of life, is an interesting foil for her other passion: Planning for end of life. Johnston’s side project, Good [End of] Life, deals not with happy babies decoding symbols, but with a much more morbid topic: Death. Good [End of] Life is a set of online worksheets and practices that aim to help deal with difficult questions — like who should speak for you if you cannot speak, and whether to fill out a do-not-resuscitate form — before it’s too late.

In the past 15 years alone Johnston has founded two other companies in addition to Blue Lake Children’s Publishing: PrintPaks, a children’s software company, and Kibu, a social networking site for teenage girls. Previously Johnston was a Worldwide Project Marketing Manager at Hewlett Packard.

“[Johnston]’s leveraged every single advantage she’s been given into creating a hundred times that for others, never holding tight to wisdom or resources, but investing them where they’ll do the most good next.”  from 50-for-50

 

How Michael Jackson’s death unfolded

How Michael Jackson’s death unfolded

CNN’s Randi Kaye reports on the death of entertainer Michael Jackson and the ensuing investigation.

Every man dies, not every man really lives

Every man dies, not every man really lives

Every man dies, not every man really lives

Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

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Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo … But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.

Since the counterculture ’60s, Stewart Brand has been creating our internet-worked world. Now, with biotech accelerating four times faster than digital technology, Stewart Brand has a bold new plan.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

With biotech accelerating four times faster than digital technology, the revival of extinct species is becoming possible. Stewart Brand plans to not only bring species back but restore them to the wild.

Brand is already a legend in the tech industry for things he’s created: the Whole Earth Catalog, The WELL, the Global Business Network, the Long Now Foundation, and the notion that “information wants to be free.” Now Brand, a lifelong environmentalist, wants to re-create — or “de-extinct” — a few animals that’ve disappeared from the planet.

Granted, resurrecting the woolly mammoth using ancient DNA may sound like mad science. But Brand’s Revive and Restore project has an entirely rational goal: to learn what causes extinctions so we can protect currently endangered species, preserve genetic and biological diversity, repair depleted ecosystems, and essentially “undo harm that humans have caused in the past.”

 

CISSY HOUSTON’S INTERVIEW – WHITNEY HOUSTON’S MOTHER ON TODAY SHOW – NBC

CISSY HOUSTON‘S INTERVIEW – WHITNEY HOUSTON’S MOTHER ON TODAY SHOW – NBC

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The loss of a child is devastating for a parent, and Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy is no different. But while she remains in mourning for the loss of her talented daughter last January, Cissy is very tough-minded about the decisions Whitney made that sent her down the path toward her early death from accidental drowning, heart failure and cocaine use.

Dr. Webster Appearance on “On the Line”: Loss of a Parent

Dr. Webster Appearance on “On the Line”: Loss of a Parent

Christine Williams hosts On the Line, with special guest Dr. Bill Webster. This episode focusses on Loss of a Parent. Video Courtesy CTS Television.

Deborah Antinori and Dr Heidi Horsley; Adult Children and the Loss of Elderly Parents

Deborah Antinori and Dr Heidi Horsley; Adult Children and the Loss of Elderly Parents

Deborah Antinori & Dr Heidi Horsley talk about adult children & the loss of elderly parents at the annual ADEC conference.