Why do we deny the reality of death? Stephen Cave, Executive Director of the Centre for the Future of Intelligence explains why we tell ourselves stories about afterlife and why we shouldn't be afraid to die. Executive Director of the Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. His latest work "Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization" was called "the best book of the year" by The New Scientist. His topics include human nature, robot warriors and animal rights. Former diplomat and a frequent commentator of Wired, the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the Financial Times, BBC and National Geographic. DYING is an inevitable part of life and there is no way humans will be able to biologically live forever, scientists have confirmed. Scientists have continually looked at ageing as if it were a disease and have tried to cure it. From enhancing certain proteins which protect cells from ageing to extending telomeres – fragments of DNA which cap both ends of each chromosome and protect against the wear and tear of natural ageing – scientists have tried to halt the ageing process. But now, experts say they have conclusive proof there is no way to stop ageing and humans are born to die. Joanna Masel, a professor at University of Arizona and co-author of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said: “Ageing is mathematically inevitable. Like, seriously inevitable.