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The Social Exchange


WITH

ZACH RHOADS & AARON FERGUSON

Jan 9, 2018

Zach Rhoads speaks with Dr. Michael Shermer about his new book, “Heavens On Earth: The Scientific Search For The Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia.” Which is out in stores today, January 9th. 

Dr. Shermer explains the book's core questions: WHY are we obsessed with the afterlife and search for immortality, and what drives this belief in life after death?

Beyond religious theorists, there exist some scientists who, like Shermer, are skeptical of the life-after-death claim... but they still believe they can create immortality here on earth— they call themselves all sorts of things  extentionists, extropians, transhumanists, cryonicists, and mind-uploaders

And there is another gradation of belief-systems… There exists a sub-group of who do not believe in the afterlife, are skeptical of reaching immortality, but believe that, while we're here on earth, we can create a utopia. 

Shermer says it's unlikely; tune in to hear why. 

Follow Michael Shermer at:

The Skeptics Society

Twitter-- @michaelshermer

And of course, order his new book, Heavens on Earth...

On Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Heavens-Earth-Scientific-Afterlife-Immortality/dp/1627798579

 

And Audible:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/Heavens-on-Earth-Audiobook/B078RTCCLT