Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death

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Penguin, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 370 pages
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A Pulitzer Prize?winning author tells the amazing story of William James?s quest for empirical evidence of the spirit world

What if a world -renowned philosopher and professor of psychiatry at Harvard suddenly announced he believed in ghosts? At the close of the nineteenth century, the illustrious William James led a determined scientific investigation into ?unexplainable? incidences of clairvoyance and ghostly visitations. James and a small group of eminent scientists staked their reputations, their careers, even their sanity on one of the most extraordinary quests ever undertaken: to empirically prove the existence of ghosts, spirits, and psychic phenomena. What they pursued? and what they found?raises questions as fascinating today as they were then.

  

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Review: Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death

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A very interesting book on the attempts to investigate paranormal phenomena by scientific means at the turn of the twentieth century. Of course, they debunked tons of sham mediums but the few they ... Read full review

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User Review  - Goose - Goodreads

My favorite parts of this book were the subjects that were studied and how far some of the fake mediums would go to try to dupe the public at large. I loved Eusapia Palladino and the fact that ... Read full review

Contents

PRELUDE
1
THE NIGHT SIDE
7
A SPIRIT OF UNBELIEF
33
LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
51
METAPHYSICS AND METATROUSERS
75
INFINITE RATIONALITY
105
ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE
131
THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY
157
THE INVENTION OF ECTOPLASM
185
THE UNEARTHLY ARCHIVE
209
A PROPHECY OF DEATH
237
A FORCE NOT GENERALLY RECOGNIZED
267
A GHOST STORY
295
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About the author (2007)

Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a newspaper science writer for twenty years, winning the Pulitzer in 1992 for her writing about primate research, which she turned into a book, The Monkey Wars (Oxford, 1994). Her other books include Sex on the Brain (Viking, 1997) and Love at Goon Park (Perseus, 2002). She has written about scientific research for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Discover, Health, Psychology Today, and Mother Jones. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers and now serves on an advisory board to the World Federation of Science Journalists and the National Academy of Sciences.

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