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.

Author: David Eagleman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307378026


Page: 128

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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.


The stories in Sum are rooted in romance, science, and awe: a mixture of death, hope, computers, immortality, love, biology, and desire that cuts through human nature at new and exciting angles.

Author: David Eagleman

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9780143172154


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Sum is a stunning exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered—each presented as a vignette that offers a lens through which to see ourselves here and now. In one afterlife, you find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, you work as a background character in other people's dreams. Or you may find that the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember. The stories in Sum are rooted in romance, science, and awe: a mixture of death, hope, computers, immortality, love, biology, and desire that cuts through human nature at new and exciting angles.

New DramaturgiesNew Dramaturgies

“Sum: Forty. Tales. from. the. Afterlives. exercise”. In 2010 I met the brilliant polymath neuroscientist David Eagleman ... in Houston when he approached us about doing a stage version of his book Sum: Forty Tales from the After-lives.

Author: Mark Bly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315282190


Page: 112

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In New Dramaturgies: Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting, Mark Bly offers a new playwriting book with nine unique play-generating exercises. These exercises offer dramaturgical strategies and tools for confronting and overcoming obstacles that all playwrights face. Each of the chapters features lively commentary and participation from Bly’s former students. They are now acclaimed writers and producers for media such as House of Cards, Weeds, Friday Night Lights, Warrior, and The Affair, and their plays appear onstage in major venues such as the Roundabout Theatre, Yale Rep, and the Royal National Theatre. They share thoughts about their original response to an exercise and why it continues to have a major impact on their writing and mentoring today. Each chapter concludes with their original, inventive, and provocative scene generated in response to Bly’s exercise, providing a vivid real-life example of what the exercises can create. Suitable for both students of playwriting and screenwriting, as well as professionals in the field, New Dramaturgies gives readers a rare combination of practical provocation and creative discussion.


David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries: Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead?

Author: David Eagleman

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847679404


Page: 290

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*Why does your foot hit the brake pedal before you are conscious of danger ahead? *Why do you hear your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? *Why is a person whose name begins with J more likely to marry another person whose name begins with J? *Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? *And how is it possible to get angry at yourself: who, exactly, is mad at whom?A thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary FictionAfterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction

5 Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, 159, 164–5, 187, 196, 203 Eagleton, Terry, 166 Eddington, Arthur, 48,51 Einstein, Albert, 51,61–2, 67–8, 74, 208 n.10 election, 55, 156 eternity, 15, 30,32–5, 46, 51, 55–7, 59, 62, 64, ...

Author: Alice Bennett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137022691


Page: 228

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Afterlife and Narrative explores why life after death is such a potent cultural concept today, and why it is such an attractive prospect for modern fiction. The book mines a rich vein of imagined afterlives, from the temporal experiments of Martin Amis's Time's Arrow to narration from heaven in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones .

Driving with PlatoDriving with Plato

I quote from David Eagleman's Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, which does what it says on the jacket, offering forty imaginary accounts of what life will be like after the Grim Reaper has made his visit.

Author: Robert Rowland Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439186893


Page: 256

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Learn to ride a bicycle with Einstein, have your first kiss with Kant, get your first job with Adam Smith, and weather midlife with Dante. Let history’s greatest minds illuminate life’s turning points. In Breakfast with Socrates, Robert Rowland Smith brought the power of philosophy down to earth by proving, in a very engaging and entertaining way, that human moments meet big ideas on a regular basis. Now Smith offers the natural offspring of that book, expanding the “day in a life” concept to life as a whole in Driving with Plato. Start with being born. For some, like Sartre, you get off to a bad start: You didn’t ask to be born, and there’s little point to it anyway, as life is meaningless. And yet for Martin Heidegger, if you hadn’t been born, you’d have no sense of your own being, and that would be a tragic loss. How about midlife crisis? When Dante wrote The Divine Comedy, he deliberately set his story of spiritual transformation at the halfway point of his life. Nietzsche, too, in his autobiography, spoke of burying his forty-fifth year as he went on to yet higher forms of actualization as a self-styled superman. Drawing on the great philosophers, as well as on literature, art, politics, and psychology, Smith creates the richest possible range of ideas for readers to contemplate, all in a warm, humorous voice that revels both in life’s absurdities and in the pure delight of discovery. Grounding abstract ideas in concrete experience, Driving with Plato helps us think more deeply about the key events in our lives even as it provides a philosophical education that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

Philosophy of Religion A Very Short IntroductionPhilosophy of Religion A Very Short Introduction

In his delightful book, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, David Eagleman imagines a number of possible afterlives. In one scenario, we discover that we are enormous, nine-dimensional beings charged with the maintenance of the cosmos ...

Author: Tim Bayne

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191071164


Page: 144

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What is the philosophy of religion? How can we distinguish it from theology on the one hand and the psychology/sociology of religious belief on the other? What does it mean to describe God as 'eternal'? And should religious people want there to be good arguments for the existence of God, or is religious belief only authentic in the absence of these good arguments? In this Very Short Introduction Tim Bayne introduces the field of philosophy of religion, and engages with some of the most burning questions that philosophers discuss. Considering how 'religion' should be defined, and whether we even need to be able to define it in order to engage in the philosophy of religion, he goes on to discuss whether the existence of God matters. Exploring the problem of evil, Bayne also debates the connection between faith and reason, and the related question of what role reason should play in religious contexts. Shedding light on the relationship between science and religion, Bayne finishes by considering the topics of reincarnation and the afterlife. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Happier EndingsHappier Endings

David Eagleman, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (New York: vintage, 2010): 23. Feiler, “Mourning in a Digital Age”: 2. Bob Deits, Life After Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss (Philadelphia: ...

Author: Erica Brown

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451649239


Page: 352

View: 837

The author of the National Jewish Book Award finalist, Inspired Jewish Leadership, presents an affirming meditation on living fully and preparing for death that guides readers on an emotional journey that draws on the wisdom of myriad spiritual traditions, covering a range of practical issues while sharing compassionate, illustrative stories.

Exercises in Mathematical StyleExercises in Mathematical Style

The afterlife setting of the dialogue is inspired by the wonderful book by David Eagleman, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (Vintage, New York, 2010). Matt Hu and the Euler caper. This exercise was inspired by the lovely article of ...

Author: John McCleary

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 9781470447830


Page: 275

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What does style mean in mathematics? Style is both how one does something and how one communicates what was done. In this book, the author investigates the worlds of the well-known numbers, the binomial coefficients. The author follows the example of Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style. Offering the reader 99 stories in various styles. The book celebrates the joy of mathematics and the joy of writing mathematics by exploring the rich properties of this familiar collection of numbers. For any one interested in mathematics, from high school students on up.

Cult of the DeadCult of the Dead

See also medicine, humoral Ditchfield, Simon, 210, 283, 286 divine intervention: causing Black Death, 239–40, 244; ... 247 Eagleman, David: Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, 68 the East (Persia): Christian martyrs of, 56–57, 59, ...

Author: Kyle Smith

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520345164


Page: 383

View: 746

"The Cult of the Dead tells a strangely neglected yet all too obvious story: the history of Christianity is the history of a martyr cult. Of all the world's religions, it is Christianity that is most obsessed with violence, martyrdom, and the remains of the dead. From the time of the apostles to today, this mania for martyrs has profoundly affected all forms of Christian devotion and cultural expression, from its liturgy and literature to its art and architecture. In this fascinating and compelling new account of the past two thousand years of Christianity, Kyle Smith offers a new history of an old religion, ranging widely over ancient relics, the Reformation, medieval pilgrims, persecuted evangelicals, and many more besides. Through ten, character-driven chapters, Cult of the Dead takes readers on the grand tour of Christianity's rich cultural heritage, developed around and was sustained by the memory of its sainted martyrs. This book tells the story of how Christianity became-and remains-a cult of the dead"--