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.
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A skeptical look at the afterlife and utopia
- Charlie Sammonds
Boring and distasteful
No. The style of the book was a research paper for a statistical quarterly, utterly boring, the narration was very monotonic.
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.
- Amazon Customer