Dr. Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic Magazine, talks about his new book Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia. He reveals the surprising history of our concept of heaven, he proves that out-of-body experiences are nothing more than hallucinations, and he questions why reincarnated souls only seem to hang around India. He discusses why it’s unlikely that you or anyone else will ever live past 125, why utopian societies always end badly, and why scientists still have some major kinks to work out in their quest to cheat death. Plus, skeptic Michael Shermer talks about his unlikely friendship with Deepak Chopra, he weighs on Trump’s ongoing battle with the truth, and settles whether Walt Disney is cryonically frozen.
Order Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia on Amazon or Audible. Visit www.skeptic.com and www.michaelshermer.com, and follow Michael on twitter at @MichaelShermer. Today's episode was sponsored by Squarespace and SeatGeek.