On Life and Death and The Black Mirror

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Host: Bristol Festival of Ideas
Location: Watershed 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX
Speaker: Raymond Tallis

Life is finite. Doctor and writer on many subjects, Raymond Tallis reflects on this fundamental fact of existence with a personal meditation on life and living. Tallis invites us to look at our lives from a unique standpoint: one’s own future corpse. From this perspective, he shows that the world now vacated can be seen most clearly in all its richness and complexity, the meaning it provided for us and how we acquired meaning for others .

Blending lyrical reflection, humour and philosophical argument, Tallis explores his own post-mortem recollection and helps us to appreciate anew the precariousness and preciousness of life. The Observer called Tallis’ The Black Mirror wise, original and enlightening. By considering the idea of death in this way, Tallis provides an intriguing vantage point from which to view life.

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