“Last year, during question time at the end of one of my lectures, a woman asked me, 'What do you think your next great adventure will be?' I thought for a bit and then I suddenly realized what it might be: 'Dying,' I said.”

“There was a deathly hush, a few nervous titters, and then I said, 'Well, when you die, there’s either nothing, in which case, fine, or there’s something. If there’s something, which I believe, what greater adventure can there be than finding out what that is?' ”

“Afterward the woman came up to me and said, 'I never, ever wanted to think about dying, but thank you, because now I can think about it in a different way.' And since then I’ve mentioned this in several lectures and there is always a very positive reaction. And by the way, I always make it perfectly clear that it is just the way I think about death, and that I certainly don’t expect everyone to feel the same way about it.”