Can you imagine swapping your body for a virtual version? This technology-based look at the afterlife chronicles America's fascination with death and reveals how digital immortality may become a reality. * Reveals the period in American history that established cultural views about the afterlife * Discusses how technology aids in achieving and designing perspectives on heaven and immortality * Reviews technologies surrounding digital mortality, including Dmitry Itskov's 2045 Initiative and Martine Rothblatt's Terasem Foundation * Illustrates how the Internet helps those who have lost loved ones to grieve and cope in new ways * Links perceptions about death and the hereafter to typical American attitudes, including optimism, confidence, self-reliance, and innovation * Examines the use of virtual memorials, online obituaries, Facebook pages of deceased users, and avatarsÜber den Autor:
Kevin O'Neill, PhD, is professor emeritus of philosophy and one of the founding members of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands.
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