X-Message-Number: 20097
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 19:08:00 +0200
Subject: "Immortal" List Charter and administrative information (v 1.4) 
From: David Stodolsky <>

"Immortal" (Immortalist Philosophy) List Charter and administrative 

The "Immortal" List deals with immortalism as a practical philosophy.
That is, the attempt to achieve vastly extended life spans via 
means and the socio-political sources and impacts of such attempts.
Discussion of faith-based approaches to eternal life (resurrection 
belief in a god, reincarnation, time travel, near-death experiences
as evidence of an afterlife, etc.) is specifically excluded.
Technological advances form the foundation for discussion, but are
not themselves the topic of the List. Thus, articles concerning new
developments in medicine, nanotechnology, information technology,
and so on, are welcome, as long as they come from reliable sources,
such as peer-reviewed journals. Such articles should include a citation
to the source. These posts are likely to trigger discussion of social
and political dynamics, which are the focus of the List.

The most central topic of the List is how social conditions promote
or retard the acceptance of immortalism as a life philosophy and what
the effects of such a philosophy are on those who hold it. Thus, the
coverage includes philosophy, law, sociology, psychology, gerontology,
anthropology, political science, thanatology, and religious science
(the study of religions). Only specific topics within these subjects
are relevant. For example, existential psychology is directly relevant:

"The attempt to escape from death anxiety is at the core of the neurotic
conflict . . . . The neurotic life style is generated by a fear of death;
but insofar as it limits one's ability to live spontaneously and 
the defense against death is itself a partial death (Yalom. [1980].
Existential psychotherapy. NY: Basic Books. p. 146.)"

This quote illustrates that discussion is not only concerned with
life extension, but also the impact of immortalist beliefs on the
quality of life.

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