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Investigating the afterlife

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Science  26 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6374, pp. 398
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar5147

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In his new book, Heavens on Earth, Michael Shermer aims to deconstruct systems of irrational beliefs. In particular, he provides analysis of three concepts: The first is a belief in immortality or in an afterlife. The second is a belief in a utopia where a better version of one's self lives peacefully among peers. The third is a belief that one belongs to a group that has special insight into the nature of life after death. As Shermer shows, prognosticators of both religious and secular utopias can fall victim to this way of thinking.