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Spook : science tackles the afterlife

Author: Mary Roach
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2006. ©2005
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Creative nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Roach
ISBN: 0393329127 9780393329124
OCLC Number: 489269559
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: 2005.
Description: 311 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: You again: A visit to the reincarnation nation --
The little man inside the sperm, or possibly the big toe: Hunting the soul with microscopes and scalpels --
How to weigh a soul: What happens when a man (or a mouse, or a leech) dies on a scale --
The Vienna sausage affair: And other dubious highlights of the ongoing effort to see the soul --
Hard to swallow: The giddy, revolting heyday of ectoplasm --
The large claims of the medium: Reaching out to the dead in a University of Arizona lab --
Soul in a dunce cap: The author enrolls in medium school --
Can you hear me now?: Telecommunicating with the dead --
Inside the haunt box: Can electromagnetic fields make you hallucinate? --
Listening to Casper: A psychoacoustics expert sets up camp in England's haunted spots --
Chaffin v. the dead guy in the overcoat: In which the law finds for a ghost, and the author calls in an expert witness --
Six feet over: A computer stands by on an operating room ceiling, awaiting near-death experiencers.
Responsibility: Mary Roach.

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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.

Draws on the achievements of scientists, engineers, and mediums to consider the feasibility of life after death, from a reincarnation researcher's experimentation with out-of-body experiences to laboratory investigations into ghosts.

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