Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife Read Online Free - "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.

Title : Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
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ISBN : 0393329127
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 311 pages


Will rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2017

Roach is the author of Stiff, a raucous romp through the wonderful land of death. It is only natural that she might continue that escapade with a look past the curtain. Are there ghosts? Is there life after death? She examines a host of topics under her conceptual umbrella, looking at reincarnati...

Lena rated it ★★★☆☆

March 25, 2008

I learned a number of interesting things reading Mary Roach's survey of the historical and scientific efforts to prove the existence of a soul. Her discussion of the scientific inquiries into stories of reincarnated children provides an excellent example of the difficulties of trying to objective...

Simeon rated it ★★★☆☆

September 02, 2014

Not bad, but Roach reveals her limitations in this book; namely, she writes mostly to entertain. She spends most of her time making fun of mediums from the spiritualism craze in the 20's (which, let's face it, is like shooting fish in a barrel). But you can also sense the places where her unspoken...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 18, 2010

This is a book that tries too hard to be cutesy. From page one, we're dumped with tons of cute little footnoted anecdotes about quaint pseudo-scientific afterlife-related topics (many of her anecdotes tend to veer far off topic), but nothing meaningful or even slightly memorable. Furthermore, Roa...

Brandon rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2015

Want to know what happens when we die? You and everyone else apparently. Many people believe in some sort of continuation be it an afterlife, reincarnation or maybe that your soul sticks around and haunts old, abandoned mansions? Unfortunately, no one really knows for sure. With Spook, Mary Roach...

John rated it ★★★★★

March 30, 2014

Mary Roach's book has two great strengths. The first is that she's damnably funny; she brings humor to any place of uncertainty and any place of anyone's absolute certainty. The second strength is that she's humble and friendly; her prose is downright gregarious, so that reading often comes off a...

Clidston rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 10, 2007

A trip through various scientific and not-so-scientific attempts to ascertain whether or not the human soul, consciousness, personality, or whatever survives the death of the body. Looks at reincarnation, mediums, ectoplasms, attempts to measure or weigh the soul, anatomical searches for the seat...

Trevor rated it ★★★☆☆

February 23, 2011

This would have been a much better book if I had read it, rather than listened to it as an audio book. The problem was that the person reading it had been told Roach is funny, in much the same way bad actors spend too much time remembering Shakespeare wrote his plays as ‘poetry’ – so she read thi...

Melora rated it ★★★★☆

July 22, 2016

Now this was fun! I've never read Mary Roach before, but I enjoyed her exploration of possible evidences for life after death very much. She's a skeptic, but not a debunker – she would like to see solid evidence that some sort of consciousness continues after the body dies, but for the most part...

Richard rated it ★★★☆☆

December 21, 2011

Rating: 3.5* of five The Book Report: Hot off the success of Stiff, Roach launched herself at an equally surprising topic: Does the soul exist? Is it possible to find it? Can the soul's survival of individual death account for the mysteries of reincarnation and hauntings? In a word, No. Roach trave...

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