• Heavens on Earth

  • The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia
  • By: Dr. Michael Shermer
  • Narrated by: Dr. Michael Shermer, David Smalley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-01-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Michael Shermer and David Smalley
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (9 ratings)

Summary

In his most ambitious work yet, Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans' belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality by radical life extentionists, extropians, transhumanists, cryonicists, and mind uploaders, along with utopians who have attempted to create heaven on earth.
For millennia, religions have concocted numerous manifestations of heaven and the afterlife, the place where souls go after the death of the physical body. Religious leaders have toiled to make sense of this place that a surprising 74 percent of Americans believe exists but from which no one has ever returned to report what it is really like.
Heavens on Earth concludes with an uplifting paean to purpose and progress and what we can do in the here and now, whether or not there is a hereafter.
©2018 Dr. Michael Shermer (P)2018 Dr. Michael Shermer
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5 out of 5 stars
By Charlie Sammonds on 27-01-18

A skeptical look at the afterlife and utopia

If you are already familiar with Shermer’s work, you can probably guess what he what he will say about those attempts to achieve utopia. There is a very funny scenario of Shermer describing what it would be like to find his clone in bed with his wife. The last chapter has brilliant life advice. Overall, a fascinating audiobook from which you will learn a lot. The scope is wider than the title suggests.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 15-01-18

Boring and distasteful

Would you try another book written by Michael Shermer or narrated by Michael Shermer and David Smalley ?

No. The style of the book was a research paper for a statistical quarterly, utterly boring, the narration was very monotonic.

What was most disappointing about Michael Shermer’s story?

I bought this on the basis of a review on Amazon, the premise sounded very interesting. However the content is presented in what is very often an extremely convoluted style, making it hard to follow. Also I found the chapter on the final statements of executed Texas inmates to be extremely distateful. The suggestion that these comments, made in a position of extreme duress, were a valid tool for analysis of their attitude to death is ridiculous. I felt sick after listening to this chapter.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 17-04-18

Overall great

Important message is live now and don’t miss your life hoping for the next which likely will no go beyond 120. Awesome breadth of information. Now...when standard narrators keep mispronouncing scientific terms, I give them a pass. But when the author does, it gives me pause and forces me to question how familiar they are with the science they are using in their book. Shermer is great, but I am confused about multiple mispronunciations.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fernando Enrique Plata on 06-03-18

Heaven is Here

I loved it. It sets a basic point to live in the here and now. Highly recommended.

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