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Spook by Mary Roach
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May 13, 2008

really liked it

i'm not exactly sure what mary roach's science background is. i think she's like a curious science anthropologist with a bit of a morbid side. but i love her stuff, how she manages to write these books about aspects of death that are surprisingly hilarious. she's very upfront about how little she knows, and things that strike her as weird or creepy, so it's like you're going on this discovery journey with her. in this book, it's clear that she's a skeptic, but her unending curiosity leads her to examine the craziest oldy timey experiments on the the soul. scientists who weighed consumption victims at the moment of death, tape recordings of members of the donner party, and how electromagnetic fields can cause hallucinations that feel like a presence is near you. it's a mix of scientific explanation and a bit of psychology: sometimes we just see what we want to see and often when someone dies, we don't want to let go.

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