Heavens on Earth

The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia
Author(s): Michael Shermer
Original Publish Date: Jan 09, 2018
Product Number: EB00706902
Released: Jan 09, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781627798563
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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A scientific exploration into humanity's obsession with the afterlife and quest for immortality from the bestselling author and skeptic Michael Shermer 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 along with utopian attempts to create heaven on earth. For millennia, religions have concocted numerous manifestations of heaven and the afterlife, and though no one has ever returned from such a place to report what it is really like—or that it even exists—today science and technology are being used to try to make it happen in our lifetime. From radical life extension to cryonic suspension to mind uploading, Shermer considers how realistic these attempts are from a proper skeptical perspective. Heavens on Earth concludes with an uplifting paean to purpose and progress and how we can live well in the here-and-now, whether or not there is a hereafter.

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