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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (Hardcover)

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What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's thatthe 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.


Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
ISBN 9780393059625
Genre BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Spiritualism
Format Hardcover
Pages 311
Publisher Date 2005-10-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Copyright Year 2005
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 1.05 lb
Language English
Subtitle Science Tackles the Afterlife
Audience General/trade
Authors Roach, Mary

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  • Spook by Mary Roach

    An engaging and clever review of theories of life after death, in the manner of her earlier amusing and facinating book "Stiff"-- about what happens to some dead bodies.

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