Zen Physics: The Science of Death, the Logic of Reincarnation

Jeff Zaleski

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David Darling

HarperCollins: New York, 1996.

208 pp., $23.00 (cloth)


It is remarkable, given the millions of years that humans beings have been confronting death, that anyone has something new to say about it. But astrophysicist David Darling does. Unfortunately, what Darling says in this challenging follow-up to his book Equations of Eternity will fall like ice water on most readers’ hearts. His prime message is that when we die, the self that we have claimed as our own all our life utterly disappears. No one self, according to the author—nor any aspect that delineates, say, me from the Dalai Lama—survives death.

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