A Very Brief History of Eternity

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1. Pierre Chaunu, La mémoire de l'éternité (Paris: Éditions Robert Laffont, 1975), p. 97: “La mort de l'homme est un scan dale, elle est le scan dale par excellence, tou ce qui tend à diminuer ce scan dale est dérisoire, est un opium du peuple…. La mort… est l'inadmissible. La mort d'un homme, l'anéantissement d'une mémoire ne peut être compensé par I'existence du cosmos et la poursuite de la vie. La mort de Mozart, malgré l'ouvre conservée, est un mal absolu.”

2. Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1951), p. 1.

3. Jeanne Calment, with Michel Allard, Victor Lebre, and Jean-Marie Robine, Jeanne Calment: From Van Gogh's Time to Ours: 122 Extraordinary Years (New York: W. H. Freeman, 1998), p. 37.

4. For recent surveys of this vast subject, see Ian Tattersall, The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), and Jonathan Kingdon, Lowly Origin: Where, When, and Why Our Ancestors First Stood Up (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003).

5. See R. Dale Guthrie, The Nature of Paleolithic Art (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), and David Lewis-Williams, The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art (London: Thames & Hudson, 2002).

6. Some doubt the authenticity of this remark. See Paul Bahn, “A Lot of Bull? Pablo Picasso and Ice Age Cave Art,” Munibe. Antropología y arqueología 57, no. 3 (2005–6), pp. 217–23.

7. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1994), chap. 13.9, p. 72.

8. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (New York: Penguin, 2003), p. 5.

9. See La cultura del morire nelle società preistoriche e protostoriche italiane: Studio interdisciplinare, ed. Fabio Martini (Florence: Istit uto italiano di preistoria e protostoria, 2006).


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