Are We Obsessed with Immortality? with Piotr Bienkowski


Piotr Bienkowski’s disciplinary background is as an archaeologist and museum curator. He has been Professor of Archaeology and Museology at the University of Manchester, Director of Manchester Museum, Chair of the North West Federation of Museums and Galleries, and before that Head of Antiquities at National Museums Liverpool. For many years, he was editor of Levant, the journal of the Council for British Research in the Levant, and editor of the British Academy Monographs in Archaeology series.

Where Airy Voices Lead by Piotr Bienkowski is the only book to comprehensively describe the varying historical and contemporary cultural beliefs in immortality globally, including western, eastern and animist traditions.

This book was a remarkable history of human’s seeming obsession with immortality.  

In today’s episode we discuss:

When human’s first started with this obsession with immortality?

The history many religious figures discuss their ability to connect with some higher power and so many people believe this but yet when people share today they have these experiences it is often dismissed, can you speak to that a bit.  

You talk about the ongoing debate about the existence of the soul,  what are some of the points on both sides of the argument as to whether or not a soul exists?

Will we ever come to any type of agreement on the soul? 

How have we tried to achieve immortality? 

Why do you think there is such a desire to achieve immortality and if we did, how do you think it would shift how we live?  

Pitor’s belief about what happens when die.

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