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...


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TitleHeavens on Earth
ISBN9781627798570
Author
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Religion, Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Technology
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  • Peter Mcloughlin
    2018-01-14
    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...
  • Dan Graser
    2018-01-17
    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...
  • Book
    2018-02-14
    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...
  • Leonard Singer
    2018-02-07
    First two parts ugh; last two parts worth the read.
  • Jerry James
    2018-01-23
    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.
  • Crystal Ellyson
    2017-12-03
    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.
  • Thomas Stark
    2018-01-17
    I read this with interest but then, I am a member of choir.
  • Joe Farhaven
    2018-02-06
    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.