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Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (original 2009; edition 2009)

by David Eagleman

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Title:Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
Authors:David Eagleman
Info:Vintage (2009), Kindle Edition, 107 pages
Collections:Electronic Books, To read, Your library

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Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman (2009)


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A small but beautiful collection of philosophical essays, each positing a different form that the afterlife might take. ( )
  Smartjanitor | Jun 12, 2017 |
An interesting concept, and okay in small doses, but the book felt kind of half-baked. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Odd but compelling collection of vignettes. Eagleman’s scenarios are all afterlives with very inventive twists. A common theme is technology gone awry, but not in the way you’d think. In these situations, we’re the technology, designed with some goal in mind that we don’t know about, and we often end up thwarting this goal despite our creator’s (or creators’) best intentions. I wouldn’t want to end up in some of these “heavens,” but they do provide lots of food for thought -- and inspiration to act differently just in case any of them are true! ( )
  bostonian71 | Dec 8, 2016 |
Wonderful ... highly recommended.
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
Wonderful ... highly recommended. ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
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Eagleman will find Sum a hard act to follow.
added by Katya0133 | editNew Scientist, Liz Else (Jul 4, 2009)
This delightful, thought-provoking little collection belongs to that category of strange, unclassifiable books that will haunt the reader long after the last page has been turned.
The best stories in Sum remind us that it is natural to want to know our place in the scheme of things. The book is a scripture of sorts, but because each myth contradicts the last, it is not a dogmatic collection.
added by Katya0133 | editNature, Hoffmann Jascha (Apr 30, 2009)
Yet while Mr. Eagleman squeezes from his tales a trite message about life, his many passing observations -- especially those concerning time and space -- convey sharp insights about how we think about death.
added by Katya0133 | editWall Street Journal, Andrew Stark (Feb 13, 2009)
Eagleman’s engaging mixture of dark humor, witty quips, and unsettling observations about the human psyche should engage a readership extending from New Age buffs to amateur philosophers.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Carl Hays (Feb 1, 2009)
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In the afterlife you relive all your experiences, but this time with the events reshuffled into a new order: all the moments that share a quality are grouped together.
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At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now.  In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. In another version, you work as a background character in other people’s dreams. Or you may find that God is a married couple, or that the universe is running backward, or that you are forced to live out your afterlife with annoying versions of who you could have been.  With a probing imagination and deep understanding of the human condition, acclaimed neuroscientist David Eagleman offers wonderfully imagined tales that shine a brilliant light on the here and now.

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"A clever little book by a neuroscientist translates lofty concepts of infinity and death into accessible human terms. What happens after we die? Eagleman wonders in each of these brief, evocative segments. Are we consigned to replay a lifetime's worth of accumulated acts, as he suggests in Sum, spending six days clipping your nails or six weeks waiting for a green light? Is heaven a bureaucracy, as in Reins, where God has lost control of the workload? Will we download our consciousnesses into a computer to live in a virtual world, as suggested in Great Expectations, where God exists after all and has gone through great trouble and expense to construct an afterlife for us? Or is God actually the size of a bacterium, battling good and evil on the battlefield of surface proteins, and thus unaware of humans, who are merely the nutritional substrate? Mostly, the author underscores in Will-'o-the-Wisp, humans desperately want to matter, and in afterlife search out the ripples left in our wake. Eagleman's turned out a well-executed and thought-provoking book" -- Publishers Weekly.… (more)

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