Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia by Michael Shermer

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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.



Title : Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia
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ISBN : 1627798579
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


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Peter rated it ★★★★★

January 14, 2018

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...


Book rated it ★★★★☆

February 14, 2018

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....


Dan rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2018

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 noti...


Andrei rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2018

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 transhumani...


Leonard rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2018

First two parts ugh; last two parts worth the read.


Jerry rated it ★★★★☆

January 24, 2018

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.


Tim rated it ★★★★☆

February 23, 2018

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,...


Crystal rated it ★★★☆☆

December 08, 2017

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 interest...


Robert2481 rated it ★★★★★

February 23, 2018

This is a book that was both thought provoking & accessible. I intend to buy a hard copy to keep & re-read.


Thomas rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

I read this with interest but then, I am a member of choir.





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