Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

By Mary Roach

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

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"When we die what happens? Is the light just going out and that is the million-year nap? Or will a part of my personality persist, my me-ness? How does that feel? What am I supposed to do all day? 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 after we die, life goes on.

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  • PUBLISHED BY

    W.w. norton & company

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Sep 26, 2006

  • ISBN

    0393329127 , 9780393329124

  • FORMAT

    Paperback

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    311

Quotes from Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Instead, I quietly excused myself and went to the bar, to commune with spirits I know how to relate to.

Religion says that your soul goes to heaven or possibly to a seven-tiered garden, or that your soul is reincarnated into a new body, or that you lie around in your coffin clothes until the Second Coming. And, of course, only one of these can be true. Which means that for millions of people, religion will turn out to have been a bum steer as regards the hereafter. (13)

In the words of the late Francis Crick...You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. (13)

A bright light at the end of a tunnel can seem warm and inviting, or it can seem mysterious and terrifying. People of the world "all working on their arts and crafts" can seem like heaven or, if you're me, hell.

In my experience, the most staunchly held views are based on ignorance or accepted dogma, not carefully considered accumulations of facts. The more you expose the intricacies and realtities of the situation, the less clear-cut things become.

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I am very much out of my element here. There are moments, listening to the conversations going on around me, when I feel I am going to lose my mind. Earlier today, I heard someone say the words, "I felt at one with the divine source of creation." Mary Roach on a conducted tour of Hades. I had to fight the urge to push back my chair and start screaming: STAND BACK! ALL OF YOU! I'VE GOT AN ARTHUR FINDLAY BOX CUTTER! Instead, I quietly excused myself and went to the bar, to commune with spirits I know how to relate to.

Reviews of Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

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

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.

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...

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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