Spook by Mary Roach
Science Tackles the Afterlife

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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.
 

About Mary Roach

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Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.
 
Published October 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 311 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Thus, the perception of ghosts might be due to some people’s sensitivity to very low frequency “infrasound.” One of her best ghost stories concerns a revised last will and testament whose discovery was attributed to a ghost telling his son where it could be found.

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In "Spook," she sets off on a skeptic's scavenger hunt to find out if there's any scientific way of proving there is life after death, listening to a whole range of people who have doubtless grown used to people's eyes glazing over - or worse.

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(Answer: It's very difficult to laugh with your mouth agape--usually it just makes people on the subway think you're insane.) Roach got a head-start from working on her last book, entitled Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, which was a shocking and often weirdly hilarious look at what h...

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This topic alone takes her and the reader from examining a piece of ectoplasm in the archives of the Cambridge University library that was allegedly emitted by a spiritualist in 1939 to laboratory tests of mediums at the University of Arizona to a "fundamentals of mediumship" class at the self-pr...

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Although I remain on the skeptical side, the sheer amount of reports cannot all be setups, though many of them surely are, or a symptom of the skeptical simplistic wrap-up excuse of all excuses for the unexplained, mass delusion.

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In her introduction, Roach explains: This is a book for people who would like very much to believe in a soul and in an afterlife for it to hang around in, but who have trouble accepting these things on faith.

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We meet in Roach's book people --- apparently utterly serious people --- who have gone to great lengths to try to answer such questions.

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California Literary Review

I was so taken aback when I walked in the book store and found the book on exactly what I had been wondering about.

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