British philosopher Jeremy Bentham knows how some people acknowledge immortality. During his life, Bentham was a renowned philosopher, jurist, and social reformer.
Bentham was ahead of his time in his advocacy of economic freedom, women’s rights, the separation of church and state, and the decriminalization of homosexuality. He fell ill and died in 1832. During the tragedy surrounding his death, it was discovered that he left some surprising instructions for his body.
The first instruction was for his body to be donated to science and publicly dissected. Three days after his death, his body was dissected for the students at University College London. After the display, Bentham left instructions for his head and skeleton to be preserved and displayed at the university in a wooden cabinet, later dubbed the “Auto-Icon.”
Bentham left the job of preservation to his follower Thomas Southwood Smith. Smith used an experimental Maori technique to mummify the head. However, the result was deemed too morbid for the Auto-Icon, and a wax head was made instead.
And today, Bentham’s Auto-Icon still stands in the halls of the University College London, and it’s as spooky as ever.
As an after thought, I reckon Bentham had a very good idea about what he would be remembered for when he died. That being said, he probably thought more people would remember him for his philosophies instead of his preserved head.
via Cult Of Weird