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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife Paperback – Illustrated, October 17, 2006
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- 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.”
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“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.”
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“Reading Spook is like attending a lecture by a professor who is equal parts Groucho Marx and Stephen Jay Gould, both enlightening and entertaining.”
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Paperback : 311 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393329127
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393329124
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition (October 17, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The problem is that CSICOP is comprised of phonies pretending to be scientists. CSICOP stands for Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. But the closest thing they have to a scientist in their membership is a mathematician. Their founder is a “secular humanist philosopher”, one member is a stage magician, one is a psychology teacher, one now-deceased member was a science fiction writer, and so on. Furthermore, they don’t investigate anything. Their mission is to debunk, period. They routinely suppress evidence that supports the existence of paranormal phenomena, while constantly accusing anyone who’s had a paranormal experience as being a liar, stupid, or having hallucinated. They are so religiously and rigidly biased against anything that hasn’t already been proven by mainstream science that their claim of being scientific investigators or even “enquirers” is just a flat out lie. Skeptical Enquirer magazine is to science as the National Enquirer is to news.
CSICOP members also regularly appear on Discovery Channel shows about paranormal events, billing themselves as “experts” in those fields, when they are nothing of the sort. Their ONLY goal is to convince people that these events didn’t really happen. It’s ironic that while CSICOP accuses people of lying and faking, CSICOP are the biggest fakers in the business. I think Mary Roach should do her homework on these guys before relying on them for information.
There are certainly frauds and liars who’ve claimed to have had paranormal experiences. Roach’s chapters on seance style mediums and their cheesecloth “ectoplasm” are great (and hilarious). But many of the people making these claims have experienced something real, something that science will probably eventually explain. But with people like CSICOP casting aspersions on any such study, these explanations will take far longer to arrive. CSICOP are every bit as detrimental to scientific discovery as are religious zealots. They claim to be advocates of reason and critical thought, but is it really reasonable to allow your biases to cloud your judgement to the point of absurdity? Is dismissing evidence that doesn’t support your preconceived conclusions critical thinking? Of course not. That’s the opposite of scientific inquiry. That’s religion!
As to the meat of the book. A lot of ink was spent on accounts of people trying to prove or disprove the immaterial world by measuring material: ectoplasm, infra-sound, weight of the soul. Hmm. Not a lot of success either way. A very fun and humorous ride along the way though. And yes, there is some accounting of actual knowledge transfer from the 'other' realm - that's what floats MY boat.