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Spook

Science Tackles the Afterlife

Mary Roach, Bernadette Quigley (Read by)

Compact Disc

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/9/2005)
Paperback (10/17/2006)
Hardcover (9/17/2005)
MP3 CD (3/24/2015)
MP3 CD (10/1/2005)
Prebound (10/17/2006)
Compact Disc (10/1/2005)
MP3 CD, Abridged (6/26/2013)
Compact Disc (6/26/2013)
MP3 CD (10/1/2005)

Description

"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 laptop?"

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.

Brilliance Audio, 9781597378826, 7pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2005