Sum

Tales from the Afterlives

David Eagleman

There are three deaths. The first is when the body cease to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The Third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time
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What happens to us when we die? And what does that tell us about being human?

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.


“Witty, bright, sharp and unexpected … as surprising a book as I’ve read for years. Every story is a new Heaven.”
Brian Eno

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“A very well-written, very funny and very thought-provoking book that makes you realize that when it comes to the afterlife, most religions suffer from an acute shortage of imagination. Sum immediately made me think of several more alternative afterlives”
yuval Noah Harari

“SUM is terrific. It’s such a good idea that I was grinding my teeth all the way through wishing I’d thought of it first. The inventiveness, the clarity and wit of the prose, the calm air of moral understanding that pervades the whole thing, add up to something completely original. I hope Sum will be the great big hit it deserves to be.”
Philip Pullman

“Brilliantly realised, blazingly original, Sum isn’t so much about the next life as this one. Eagleman’s stories - parables? - a chilly reminder of our foibles and delusions.”
Colin Waters
sunday Herald

“40 intriguing tales describing different heavenly scenarios … and all formidably imagined … Readers may discover much to appreciate - not least the lives they are living now, still so much better than some nightmares in these pages … quirky, occasionally unsettling … never short of new new ideas, all of them rolled out with style.”
Nicholas Tucker
independent


David Eagleman

David Eagleman, PHD, is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where his research laboratory is developing a reputation for doing some of the most unusual experiments in contemporary neuroscience. He has had essays published in all manner of journals including Nature and Science. He also lectures widely and continues to be invited to speak at universities all around the world.


Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman introduces the concept of Possibilianism, a new philosophy that simultaneously embraces a scientific toolbox while exploring new, unconsidered uncertainties about the world around us.

In the afterlife you relive all your experience, but this time with the events reshuffled into a new order: all the moments that share a quality are grouped together…

David Eagleman at the School of Life

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Jeffrey Tambor, reading from David Eagleman’s Sum, via Radiolab.

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