ED2011 Book Reviews

John Gray: How Human Ideas Changed The World

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

As Gray explained the premise of ‘The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death,’ the extent of his wisdom was clear; he emanates knowledge in a way that is both humbling and inspiring. In contrast with other philosophers and politicians, he gave his opinions and thoughts clearly, reasonably concisely and unambiguously. The chair, journalist Ruth Wishart, brought much to the discussion: enthusiastically questioning Gray on various aspects of the book and on his political and religious beliefs. Some intriguing points about moral progress were unsurprisingly contested by members of the audience and served to highlight that one did not have to have agreed with any of Gray’s views to walk away with the desire to learn more.

RBS Main Theatre, Aug 18, 3.00pm (4.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, eibfpp22.