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Neuroscientist David Eagleman currently runs a research lab where he studies time perception, synesthesia, and how neuroscience will influence the legal system. At night he writes fiction. Eagleman reads from and discusses his new collection SUM: 40 Tales from the Afterlives, a dazzling exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered–each presented as a vignette that offers us a stunning lens through which to see ourselves here and now.
Orthodox Rabbi Joseph Telushkin says his belief in some form of life after death flows from the persistence of injustice on earth. If there were no afterlife, he says, "it would mean that Adolf Hitler and Anne Frank had the same fate."
David Eagleman [talks] about time perception, synesthesia and many possible afterlives. The interview includes David reading one of the short stories from his new book [Sum: Forty Tales From The Afterlives].