Spook: Science Tackles The Afterlife by Mary RoachSpook: Science Tackles The Afterlife by Mary Roach

Spook: Science Tackles The Afterlife

byMary Roach

Paperback | September 26, 2006

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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.
Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the...
Title:Spook: Science Tackles The AfterlifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.74 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393329127

ISBN - 13:9780393329124


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and informative! Can't recommend this author enough, but this may be my least favourite of her books since the science behind it isn't as concrete. Still an entertaining read!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quirky read It is interesting and very funny.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this 3.5 stars Mary Roach is not a scientist, but she decided to look at what happens when humans die, from a scientific viewpoint. Various things she looked into included: reincarnation, souls, mediums and ghosts. I enjoyed this. This is my first book by Roach (though I already had planned to read more), and I hear it's not her best one, but it was still enjoyable. There are occasional humourous quips inserted as she reports what she's found, via research, interviewing people and doing her own research (including medium school!). I do look forward to reading her other books, as well.
Date published: 2013-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from IF YOU'VE ALWAYS WONDERED? In her previous books Ms. Roach has tackled subjects as varied as human sexuality and the “secret” life of human cadavers, so it seems somehow appropriate that she complete that circle with a look into the afterlife. Ms. Roach’s always thorough research drives the content of this book (I often wonder how she finds some of her sources) and her trademark wit and light writing style make it educational yet entertaining to read. One review I read recently stated, “If Mary Roach were a college professor, she would have a zero drop-out rate”. I agree whole-heartedly. From searching for the weight of the human soul to near death experiences and then on through séances and reincarnation Ms. Roach covers most the bases. I say most because I wish she had included a few more contemporary examples of fascination with the afterlife and the paranormal. I understand that not everything can be covered in one book, but maybe a little less about the soul/sperm experiments? If I had criticize one thing in this book (as well as in “Bonk” … it was sperm related too??) it would be that sometimes Ms. Roach does latch onto to one particular aspect of her research and lets it dominate too much of the book. This will definitely not stop me from picking up another since I can always skim through a few pages or fast-forward through a minute or two of an audio book. “Gulp” is already in my TBR pile. I enjoy Ms. Roach’s books because she gives the reader so much more than a dry accounting of what she discovered in her research. She includes the more questionable and bizarre discoveries and, if she can get away with, often participates in ongoing research and experiments, enabling her to give the reader a first hand account.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is there an afterlife? Mary Roach is entertaining, enlightening and worth the read. She makes some pretty weird science very interesting. The gross is still there, but she makes it funny. Mostly because we live through her eyes as she discovers the many ways the paranormal has been researched, abused and what science is doing to investigate the other side of life. A lay- person who can explain science to Joe-blow because she made the experts do that for her, she has a refreshing approach to talking science. This book lead to a Mary Roach reading-a-thon... I wish my Uni professors could have talked science like this (I would have had crushes on every single one of them no matter what they looked like... or apparenly gender).
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Info A couple of chapters were quite dry. But most of the rest of the book was very interesting. If you've read Mary Roach before, you'll know that she's pretty intense on her scientific research. "Stiff",one of her earlier books is much more interesting that this one. But, still, this is a pretty good read. Unfortunately, there isn't any new conclusions at the end of this book. The argument of science vs. religion (when it comes to the afterlife) is as expected.
Date published: 2009-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What science has to say about Afterlife Roach brings to us an overview of what is out there in the world of science pertaining to the Afterlife. Can they prove or disprove it's existence? Who is doing the research? How sound are their methods? She covers some interesting history, some crazy people and hilarious anecdotes. This was an entertaining and informative read, better presented than a lot of the science writers out there. Balanced approach (that she openly admits begins leaning to the skeptical side) she tries to go into all situations, interviews, and research with an open mind. I will have to look into her other books Stiff and Bonk.
Date published: 2009-06-05

Editorial Reviews

The general reader’s ideal emissary to the arcana of serious science. . . . Roach’s writing has what science has so far failed to find: a divine spark. — Malcolm Jones (Newsweek)Dependably witty, especially when it ventures far into the ether. . . . [Roach] makes a clever investigator and a thoroughly entertaining, if skeptical, tour guide. — Janet Maslin (New York Times)Investigative reporting has no lighter, more irreverent spirit than Mary Roach. . . . Spook is enormous fun. — David A Walton (Pittsburgh Union-Tribune)Surreal, fascinating, at times absurd and always hilarious, Mary Roach may not reveal the street address of our final destination, but in Spook she makes it sound less like a morgue and more like a comedy club. — Vince Darcangelo (Boulder Weekly)Reading Spook is like attending a lecture by a professor who is equal parts Groucho Marx and Stephen Jay Gould, both enlightening and entertaining. — Dorman T. Schindler (Sunday Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News)