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Spook : science tackles the afterlife

Author: Mary Roach
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Roach
ISBN: 0393329127 9780393329124 0393059626 9780393059625
OCLC Number: 991976082
Description: 311 pages : illustrations ; 22 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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The 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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