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Sum by David Eagleman
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Jan 03, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: short-stories-and-essays, 2010
Read in January, 2010

This book is amazing. As the title states, this book is a collection of short stories about possible afterlives. I checked this out after hearing many of these stories on Radio Lab and Wiretap, two of my favorite podcasts. Each story is fascinating in its own way and mixes together science, techonology, philosophy, theology, and social commentary to present a possible afterlife. Some of my favorite afterlives included an afterlife where you are surrounded by yourself at various ages, so you may have dinner with your 15 year old self and your 70 year old self. I also liked the afterlife where once the universe stops expanding and starts contracting, you live your entire life backwards, only to find it doesn't answer any questions the second time around. And one where in the afterlife you become an actor in the dreams of those still living. Each story was just so fascinating in its own way; I could go on and on about each of these stories, but I wouldn't want to spoil any more of them.
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Christina Oh I've been wanting to read this too. I'm really curious how you like it.


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