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Spook by Mary Roach
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Jun 10, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, nonfiction, anthropology, science
Read from May 30 to July 27, 2012

Mary Roach, skeptic and non-crackpot, spent a year immersed in the scientific study of the afterlife. She visited children in India who are believed to be reincarnated souls. She went to medium school and wandered around Donner Lake with a tape recorder trying to capture the voices of the spirits of the Donner Party. With a (somewhat) open mind and lack of self importance that is refreshing in science writing, Roach takes on the science of the afterlife.

I waffled between three and four stars for this book. Some parts of Spook, like the chapters on reincarnation and electromagnetic fields causing hallucinations and infrasound, were absolutely fascinating. Other parts, such as the somewhat endless discussion of searching for a physical soul and mediums, were less interesting to me and those sections dragged a bit, although that has more to do with my own interests than Roach's writing.

Overall, a good book and an interesting read into a field I knew nothing about.

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