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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife - Mary Roach
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
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"Equal parts Groucho Marx and Stephen Jay Gould, both enlightening and entertaining."—Sunday Denver Post & Rocky Mountain NewsThe best-selling author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers now trains her considerable wit and curiosity on the human soul. What happens when we die? Does the... show more
"Equal parts Groucho Marx and Stephen Jay Gould, both enlightening and entertaining."—Sunday Denver Post & Rocky Mountain NewsThe best-selling author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers now 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. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. Her historical wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged through cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts, and the last surviving sample of "ectoplasm" in a Cambridge University archive.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393329124 (0393329127)
ASIN: 393329127
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company (NYC)
Pages no: 311
Edition language: English
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3.0 Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
In her previous books Ms. Roach has tackled subjects as varied as human sexuality and the “secret” life of human cadavers, so it seems somehow appropriate that she complete that circle with a look into the afterlife. Ms. Roach’s always thorough research drives the content of this book (I often wond...
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3.0 Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
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4.0 good Halloween reading
3.8 Perhaps what we have here is 'Uknowning Syndrome'; syndrome being used here to sound more sophisticated than 'we cant touch or see this shit'. With Bonk you can relate the evidence provided with your own junk (a penis, which I'm more familiar with...or a vagina if you have one or if your ...
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Tytuł: Duch. Nauka na tropie życia pozagrobowego Autor: Mary Roach Wydawca: Znak Data wydania polskiego: styczeń 2010 Stron: 288 Tytuł oryginału: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife Tłumaczenie: Maciej Sekerdej Poznajcie Mary Roach, amerykańską dziennikarkę i pisarkę popularnonaukową, która posta...
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