In an attempt to find out what happens when people die, the author of "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" brings her tireless curiosity to ...Show synopsisIn an attempt to find out what happens when people die, the author of "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" 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 there is an afterlife.Hide synopsis
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Maybe it's because I love science, but I found this book fascinating in so many ways. We follow Roach while she does extensive research on what happens to our souls when we pass. It's so intriguing to know what so many people have done and the elaborate, although insane research methods used in the past. The way it's written too, makes it all the better. Mary Roach is genuinely hilarious and it shows through her writing, while still being able to be taken very seriously.
Questioning if life after death is real, Mary Roach takes her science and hits the road. First pit stop is in Indian to investigate reincarnation with the story of a young boy claiming to be the reincarnation of a man in a village a couple hours a away. In this book you will learn the history of mediumship and the most famous frauds of its time. You will the read a Southern Gothic tale of a court case brought about by the ghost of a simple farmer's long dead father. Of course science will debunk many of these stories, but if you believe nothing can change your mind. Of course nothing can be proven until one dies.... But this is a fun educational read. Highly recommended to anyone who read Stiff.
After tackling the body in the wildly successful 'Stiff', the delightful Mary roach now sets her tirelessly curious gaze on the soul. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this book doesn't scale the same dizzying heights of its predecessor. While 'Stiff' was a revelation, in more ways than one, 'Spook' chooses softer targets, and even though Roach claims to have an open mind, the book reads more like a series of accounts of debunking rather transparent frauds, and is more a comment on human gullibility than anything more substantial. However, this is but a minor quibble - when you have a raconteur of Mary Roach's caliber describing her stint at an English medium school or her journey to rural India with a reincarnation researcher, you can be assured of a hell of a ride.
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