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

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

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 A scientific exploration into humanity?s obsession with the afterlife and quest for immortality from the bestse...

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Title:Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia
Author:Michael Shermer
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Genres:Science
ISBN:1627798579
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia Reviews

  • Sara
    Jan 31, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

    Much fun. Much profundity. ...

    I liked it a lot, some parts were a bit boring but, overall, it was very interesting. We are in Heaven! ...

    The book was okay. There were several places in the book where [citation needed] was where a citation number was obviously supposed to be. ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Jc
    May 13, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

  • Marge
    Apr 23, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

  • Joe Farhaven
    Feb 06, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

    Much fun. Much profundity. ...

    I liked it a lot, some parts were a bit boring but, overall, it was very interesting. We are in Heaven! ...

    The book was okay. There were several places in the book where [citation needed] was where a citation number was obviously supposed to be. ...

    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. ...

  • Ilya
    Apr 28, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

  • Crystal Ellyson
    Dec 03, 2017

    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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

  • Christina Gagliano
    Apr 30, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

  • Book
    Feb 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 poin...

    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 aut...

  • Jess Dollar
    Mar 05, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

  • Dan Graser
    Jan 17, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

  • Jeff Rudisel
    Feb 24, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

    Much fun. Much profundity. ...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jan 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 poin...

  • Tim Gorichanaz
    Feb 23, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

  • Leonard Singer
    Feb 07, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

  • Roman Schorscher
    Jan 21, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

    Much fun. Much profundity. ...

    I liked it a lot, some parts were a bit boring but, overall, it was very interesting. We are in Heaven! ...

    The book was okay. There were several places in the book where [citation needed] was where a citation number was obviously supposed to be. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    ...

  • Jerry James
    Jan 23, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

  • Bilbo
    Mar 11, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

  • D.C. Lozar
    May 01, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

  • Bon Tom
    May 19, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

  • Evan Machnic
    May 29, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

    Much fun. Much profundity. ...

    I liked it a lot, some parts were a bit boring but, overall, it was very interesting. We are in Heaven! ...

    The book was okay. There were several places in the book where [citation needed] was where a citation number was obviously supposed to be. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Jordan Stern
    Mar 17, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

  • Karen
    Apr 12, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

    Much fun. Much profundity. ...

    I liked it a lot, some parts were a bit boring but, overall, it was very interesting. We are in Heaven! ...

  • Andrei Khrapavitski
    Feb 19, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

  • Zachary LeFevre
    Feb 17, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

    Much fun. Much profundity. ...

    I liked it a lot, some parts were a bit boring but, overall, it was very interesting. We are in Heaven! ...

    The book was okay. There were several places in the book where [citation needed] was where a citation number was obviously supposed to be. ...

  • Thomas Stark
    Jan 17, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

  • Matt Berkowitz
    Mar 09, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

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

    Much fun. Much profundity. ...

    I liked it a lot, some parts were a bit boring but, overall, it was very interesting. We are in Heaven! ...

    The book was okay. There were several places in the book where [citation needed] was where a citation number was obviously supposed to be. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    ...

    ...

  • Kevin Rhodes
    Apr 12, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

  • Malathi Mrinal
    Mar 06, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

  • Robert2481
    Feb 23, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...

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

  • Teo 2050
    Mar 05, 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 poin...

    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 aut...

    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...

    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-scientifi...

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

    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. ...

    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 Origi...

    For me, Michael Shermer is an acquired taste. I enjoy his TED talks and read his books, I subscribe to his email newsletter? but he?s one of those guys who absolutely and endlessly loves to debate , and I?m quite sure he?s never lost an argument in his life. For me, that approa...

    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 h...

    In his book, ?Heavens on Earth,? Michael Shermer does a wonderful job of addressing and debunking many of the anti-aging theories. Additionally, he provides rational arguments as to why humans cling to these theories despite the discouraging evidence. He addresses the ethereal aspe...

    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, up...

    This is not Shermer's best book. Of course, his best overall project is Skeptic magazine, but he also has an extensive bibliography of interesting books, lectures, etc.. It is not that I disagree with anything he discusses in this work, it is more that I found it a bit clumsy and weakl...

    Although well written and organized, I can't walk away awestruck. Most of the book presented ideas and facts we mostly know and just organized them for the reader. Concepts of human belief over the years was presented and ways to prolong life or resort to cryonics was touched on. Since...

    Bookmarked to oblivion. It's almost ridiculous. I don't even agree with most of it, or at best, I'm not sure about it. I do, maybe, strongly agree with some of it. But what a ride this book is. What a stimulus for lazy synapses. Really got me thinking, laughing in places, and wanti...

    We are all going to die, most likely around age 70-80. There is no soul separate from the body that can survive the death of the body. Although this is obviously true, many people refuse to accept it and claim to believe the comforting falsehood of afterlife. These simple ideas don't n...

    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 ...

    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 so...

    This book contains a lot of information/observations I've read in other books that touch on many of the topics in this book--finding meaning in life without religion and from within youself, scientific arguments against souls, the afterlife, cryogenics, etc., utopias--but the info is n...

    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 r...

    ~6h @ 1.8x. ...