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Friday, February 5, 2016

LIFE IN HEAVEN



For much of my life I've wondered about the reality of a Heaven.  Then, in time, the prospects of eternal life on Planet Earth began to make more sense, for the former is hardly a sure  thing and the latter could well someday be real.  More than six years ago I published in The Huffington Post an article entitled:




A year or so later, HuffPo had a poll, and 55% of their readers responded by saying, yes, there is an afterlife.  A CBS survey of the U.S. indicated that 75% thought there would be something after death, and 82% of them thought they would end up in Heaven.  This was nicely reinforced by a Roper/Cornell  poll last year showing the following:

I guess HuffPo readers are less religious than the average American.  What about this 1988 Gallup/Newsweek inquiry into the afterlife:

About what you would expect, but what are your chances of getting into Heaven?

You can better read the above details if you click on those graphics.  The fatal flaw to most of the above is that none of those polled had any kind of valid proof to back up their assertions.  The basis of their attitude was purely emotional.  To my surprise, though, only 51% of those polled worldwide believed in some form of afterlife, even more skeptical than HuffPo-ites.  Why are average Americans that different in "our" faith?

In 2013 I posted on:  WILL GOOGLE BE ABLE TO COMMERCIALIZE ETERNAL LIFE?    So why bother dreaming about an iffy Heaven when there is potential to live forever here on Earth?  The catch as best as I can determine, though, is that for a very long while only the super rich will be able to gain this option.

This posting began as a scientific discussion on eternal life, and somehow degenerated into how people feel.  I will continue with Part 2 in a couple of days on the latest experiments involving germline editing and DNA-changing technology, with a foray into the bioethics of human cloning.    Then, perhaps a Part 3 on your life as a clone, with some speculation on how science will be able to insert your memory into your next body.  To close, let me quote from my HuffPo mentioned at the top of this article:

Whether you believe or not, most of us have thought about death, and for many, "something" after our present life seems better than a dark eternal gloom forever. Hoping the Bible, Koran and virtually every religious publication are right, let us nevertheless speculate on the biological option, for there is a finite chance that they might all be wrong. I certainly haven't seen anything close to compelling proof.

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