Heavens on Earth by Michael Shermer

Heavens on Earth

A scientific exploration into humanity’s obsession with the afterlife and quest for immortality from the bestselling author and skeptic Michael ShermerIn 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 hea...

Details Heavens on Earth

TitleHeavens on Earth
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Religion, Biology, Neuroscience, Atheism, Technology

Reviews Heavens on Earth

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    In this short book Shermer tackles the human mortality and beliefs about the afterlife with pertinent side forays into transhumanism, religion, and utopian ideologies we substitute for immortality and meaning. For such a short book a lot of ideas are touched upon from the starting point of human mortality we explore what happens physically at death, We move into traditional conceptions of the afterlife from antiquity and in the Abrahamic religion...
  • Book
    Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia by Michael Shermer “Heavens on Earth” is an intellectually provocative yet accessible book that explores the afterlife. Dr. Michael Shermer is a well-known skeptic, professor and accomplished author of many books. This enlightening 303-page book includes twelve chapters broken out into the following four parts: I. Varieties of Mortal Experiences and Immortal Qu...
  • Dan Graser
    Michael Shermer is simply an indispensable writer and his latest volume is one of his very best. This is a complete survey and analysis of the various notions of the afterlife and immortality divided mainly between:1) How these claims have been scientifically tested and evaluated 2) How such notions have been depicted throughout humanity's history in works of art, philosophy, and literature.3) How we have attempted to transcend our mortal limitat...
  • Andrei Khrapavitski
    Finished reading Michael Shermer’s new book Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia. I found it a timely read, given my interest in future-related topics. I have had my fair share of arguments with both religious zealots and pseudo-scientific transhumanist believers, but even I needed a dose of high quality skepticism not to get too excited after reading authors like Kevin Kelly or listening to another...
  • Leonard Singer
    First two parts ugh; last two parts worth the read.
  • Jerry James
    If you're already a skeptic there is not much in this book that's surprising, but Shermer is always enjoyable. The end of the book was the most fun for me as he outlined all the things that provide meaning for life without the use of religion.
  • Malathi Mrinal
    Approximately 100 billion humans have come and gone since the beginning of time, he notes, and not a single one has returned to confirm the existence of an afterlife, “at least not to the high evidentiary standards of science.”“Heavens on Earth” does just that, bringing the high evidentiary standards of science to bear on heavenly claims. Shermer examines the claims of spiritual seekers, who see consciousness as primary, an essence from w...
  • Bilbo
    M. Shermer deals with religious concepts of an afterlife in cultures all over the world, historical attempts to create utopia by various political regimes, but most importantly with scientific attempts to create "heaven on Earth". Radical life extension, cryogenetics, transhumanism, uploading conciousness into the cloud, you named it...I loved the usuall scepticism from Michael as he gives all these wild ideas more critical serious outlook and em...
  • Tim Gorichanaz
    We're obsessed with what happens after we die. We can't seem to help it. This is an engaging synthesis of different views on the matter, with a New Atheist tilt. It finishes with a "what's the point of life?" section much along the lines of Sean Carroll's The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.
  • Jess Dollar
    I really enjoyed this book. A secular, science-based approach to life’s biggest questions is one of my favorite things, especially when it’s respectful of faith traditions, open to mystery, and based in genuine, open-hearted curiosity for the world around us.Another book in this genre that I absolutely loved is The Big Picture by Sean Carroll.
  • Crystal Ellyson
    I received an ARC copy of this book through Librarything.com Early Review giveaway. I received this book to give an honest review. I found this book to be okay, but not great. It was hard to keep my interest. I kept putting the book down and not wanting to pick it back up. There was some interesting things in the book.
  • Jordan Stern
    Dr. Shermer's Heavens on Earth is beatifully written, thoughtful, and very well-researched. This book is packed with thought-provoking insights and gedanken experiments, and it is peppered with both poignant and awe-inspiring quotes from literature and poetry. Do yourself a favor and read it!
  • Teo 2050
    ~6h @ 1.8x.
  • Robert2481
    This is a book that was both thought provoking & accessible. I intend to buy a hard copy to keep & re-read.
  • Thomas Stark
    I read this with interest but then, I am a member of choir.
  • Jeff Rudisel
    Much fun. Much profundity.
  • Zachary LeFevre
    The book was okay. There were several places in the book where [citation needed] was where a citation number was obviously supposed to be.
  • Joe Farhaven
    An interesting journey through thought experiments, science, and history. It approaches philosophical problems in a novel way, while describing cutting edge science with a skeptical eye.
  • Sara
    I thought this was a strong book by Shermer. Although it’s primarily a science book, it treads into philosophy, too. Some parts I especially enjoyed were his exploration into the limits of our heavenly visions and how throughout history writers gave mourned for a shinier past that never existed. He does his compulsory debunking of NDEs and souls and ghosts. I also really enjoyed his beginning chapters where he records the last words of death ro...