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Heavens on Earth

By: Dr. Michael Shermer
Narrated by: Dr. Michael Shermer,David Smalley
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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 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.

©2018 Dr. Michael Shermer (P)2018 Dr. Michael Shermer

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Overall great

Important message is live now and don’t miss your life hoping for the next which likely will no go beyond 120. Awesome breadth of information. Now...when standard narrators keep mispronouncing scientific terms, I give them a pass. But when the author does, it gives me pause and forces me to question how familiar they are with the science they are using in their book. Shermer is great, but I am confused about multiple mispronunciations.

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Not really what I expected.

Not really a lot of science. I expected more about quantum theory, subjective immortality, and multiple dimensions etc... what I got was more criticism of religion. Cryogenics. Uploading ourselves to the web. And a history lesson and political commentary thrown in, followed by a case for space exploration. Dis-aca-pointed.

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Heaven is Here

I loved it. It sets a basic point to live in the here and now. Highly recommended.

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Fascinating subject as told by a brilliant author!

This is an absolutely fascinating book about the SCIENTIFIC search for the afterlife, immortality, and utopia. I have read most of Dr. Michael Schermer's books, but this is one of his best! He fully documents all his assertions with scientific studies or experiments. Dr. Schermer is a confirmed skeptic, and he publishes SKEPTIC magazine to which I subscribe. He has monthly lectures at Caltech by world famous philosophers, scientists, authors, etc. I liked the book so well I purchased a hard copy.

While I have the utmost respect for Dr. Schermer, I disagree with him about authors reading their own books which he favors. In my experience, authors (with a few exceptions) should NEVER read their own books. The classic mistake that an author reading his/her own book is that the volume of the speech fluctuates from loud to very soft. Often, the author "trails off" at the end of a sentence. I wish that Dr. Schermer would engage a professional reader, but in an author interview it appears he is always going to read his own books. His co-reader on this book has a very deep voice which many times is difficult to hear clearly.

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Interesting and very well done

The subject matter is fascinating and Shermer is a brilliant guy. I highly recommend this book.

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Great scientific and philosophical perspectives

A clear and direct critique of historical and modern views of the afterlife and eternal life. Showing that most views struggle to withstand even modest scrutiny. Whether it’s heaven, reincarnation, or the singularity, Michael Shermer will make you think a little bit more deeply about what living means.

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Interesting in some ways, very vague though

Apart from being very vague on many of the topics at hand. The author quotes very selective passages of Nietzsche's work to prove a point, as it happens, that is exactly what the alt-right does. They distort Nietzsche's philosophy to mimic an ideological grounding.

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Great book. Makes you think.

Well thought out and researched. Really enjoyed the discussion of the Utopian societies that we have tried and the technology/medicine views that we will eventually outsmart death.

The audio is very quiet though. It needs to be renormalized and compressed to turn the levels up.

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Wonderful book and very thorough. Good job.

A ton of reliable research went into this study. Thank you Michael Shermer for making us think.

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Great food for thought

Engrossing book. covers all attempts to extend life beyond its current bounds, and their short comings. As well as the dangers of utopian fantasies when people try to force them into existance.

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