“Natural selection wants to kill us all - all the time; ultimately, you can’t defeat it.” - Michael Shermer.
Legendary skeptic Michael Shermer takes us on a historic and futuristic tour of our obsession with mortality from Dante to singularists, transhumanists, cryonicists, and extropians.
He'll take us into the labs and hallways where minds are frozen, preserved and uploaded; he takes us through the alleyways of history where the afterlife has defined epochs and cultures across the globe; and he unravels the psychological web of how and why humankind has always been obsessed with mortality.
His new book Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia details the lifelong skeptic's thoughtful, wide-ranging probe into what happens after we die, with respect and humor. Acknowledging the intuitive human rejection of nothingness, Heavens on Earth explores the natural efforts to fill in that blank - with religion, science, and personal impressions.
Join us for this latest installment of This Is Now, as Angie explores life, the universe, and everything - including new strains of American atheist culture - with the man Neil DeGrasse Tyson calls "a beacon of reason in an ocean of irrationality.”