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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Mary Roach

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The best-selling author of ?Stiff ?and ?Bonk? trains her considerable wit and curiosity on the human soul.
"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that—the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die.

Publishers Weekly Review

Aug 22, 2005 – Roach made an exceptional debut two years ago with Stiff—it might seem a hard act to follow. Yet she has done it again: after her study of what becomes of our mortal coil after death, she now presents an equally smart, quirky, hilarious look at whether there is a soul that survives our physical demise. Roach perfectly balances her skepticism and her boundless curiosity with a sincere desire to know. She ranges into the oddest nooks and crannies of both science and belief (and scientists who believe), regaling the reader with tales of Duncan Macdougall, a respected surgeon who weighed consumptives at their moment of death to see if the escaping soul could be measured in ounces, and of female mediums who, during séances, extruded a substance called ectoplasm from their private parts (she even examines a piece of alleged ectoplasm archived at Cambridge University). She goes to school to learn to be a medium, subjects her brain to electromagnetic waves to see if they induce the experience of seeing ghosts and joins a group trying to record sounds made by the spirits of the Donner party. The text is littered with footnotes: tangential but delicious tidbits that Roach clearly couldn't bear to leave out. She is an original who can enliven any subject with wit, keen reporting and a sly intelligence.

Customer Reviews

Entertaining and enlightening.

Well written and informative book.

Loved it

An irreverent romp into the world of ghost hunters and people searching for the afterlife. The author says she's not a skeptic looking to debunk the supernatural, but she's refreshingly grounded in science, bringing healthy questions and humor to the subject.

Spook

Funny and informative no 3d needed what a concept ..hk Clinton nj

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Life Sciences
  • Published: Oct 17, 2006
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Seller: W. W. Norton
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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