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The God quest: why humans long for immortality

Published on 4th Aug 2015

Published on 4th August 2015

We can’t stop craving eternity, which is why many religions have found “life everlasting” such a powerful recruiting tool. This irreconcilable conflict – experiencing the sadness, frustration and ­discomfort of the ageing process, yet knowing the folly of wishing it away indefinitely – is precisely why we need myths.  Yet myths may be fed, not banished, by science.

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