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Forty Tales from the Afterlives

David Eagleman


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The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only transformed from one form to another. And that's before we even get started on quantum theory. So, if our bodies are fated to return to the proverbial dust and ashes they came from, what then of our consciousness? In Sum, David Eagleman offers up forty takes -- in turns witty, mystifying, terrifying and profound -- on what could be awaiting us in that undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveller returns.

In the afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. Or you may find the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember. In some afterlives you are split into all your different ages; in some you are recreated based on your credit-card records; and in others you are forced to live with annoying versions of yourself that represent what you could have been.

In these wonderfully imagined tales - at once funny, wistful and unsettling - Eagleman kicks over the chessboard of traditional notions and offers us a dazzling lens through which to see ourselves here and now. His stories are rooted in science and romance and awe at our mysterious existence: a mixture of hope, love and death that cuts through human nature at innovative angles.

Publisher: Canongate Books
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 24 Apr 2009
Dimensions: 176 x 111 x 11 mm
ISBN: 9781847674272