Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum
William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death

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A Pulitzer Prize?winning author tells the amazing story of William James?s quest for empirical evidence of the spirit world

What if a world -renowned philosopher and professor of psychiatry at Harvard suddenly announced he believed in ghosts? At the close of the nineteenth century, the illustrious William James led a determined scientific investigation into ?unexplainable? incidences of clairvoyance and ghostly visitations. James and a small group of eminent scientists staked their reputations, their careers, even their sanity on one of the most extraordinary quests ever undertaken: to empirically prove the existence of ghosts, spirits, and psychic phenomena. What they pursued? and what they found?raises questions as fascinating today as they were then.

About Deborah Blum

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Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a newspaper science writer for twenty years, winning the Pulitzer in 1992 for her writing about primate research. She is the author of Ghost Hunters and coeditor of A Field Guide for Science Writers, and she has written about scientific research for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Discover, Health, Psychology Today, and Mother Jones. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers (U.S.) and serves as the North American board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists.
Published May 29, 2007 by Penguin Books. 384 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Ms. Blum’s book is a sympathetic account of "psychical researchers" from the 19th century.

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the medium taps some source of information not open to ordinary people.'' After reading Blum's mesmerizing account, you .

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NY Times Book Review 3 of 5 Stars"Apart from the vague suggestion that it answered a need created by the encroachment of science on religious belief, [Blum] offers very little reflection on the question of why spiritualism suddenly became so popular.

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