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

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Penguin, May 29, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 384 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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User Review  - Kaylie - Goodreads

By no means light or quick, this is a deeply engaging, fun, and sometimes spooky read by the masterful scholar Blum. Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew Willson - Goodreads

I just couldn't get into it, unlike the poisoner's handbook which was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Read full review

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Contents

Prelude
2 A Spirit of Unbelief
3 Lights and Shadows
4 Metaphysics and Metatrousers
5Infinite Rationality
6 All Ye Who Enter Here
7 The Principles of Psychology
8 The Invention of Ectoplasm
9 The Unearthly Archive
10 A Prophecy of Death
11 A Force Not Generally Recognized
12 A Ghost Story
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Deborah Blum is a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She won the 1992 Pulitzer prize in Beat Reporting for a series of articles on primate research and has also written a book on the subject, The Monkey Wars.
Mary Knudson is a freelance writer. She covered medicine for eighteen years with the Baltimore Sun. She also teaches a science-writing workshop at Johns Hopkins University.

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