How well does the content of Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife hold up to the book’s title and subtitle?
I’m finding that the cases and data Mary Roach presents are more interesting than frightening, and I’m someone who is easily “spooked.” But then again, I’m not finished with the book and after looking at the chapter titles yet to come, it seems like it may become a little more spooky.
I think it’s odd that there aren’t more popular books written on this topic. The afterlife is the great unknown to everyone, and death, the great equalizer. What happens to us after we die is the question we all have to consider as human beings, and it’s interesting to see how different people and different cultures and religions answer that question for us.
We deal with death in the United States in a very disconnected sort of way. Bodies are brought to be dealt with behind the closed door of whatever service is hired to do the job. Our grieving process has numbered steps, like putting together a piece of Ikea furniture. This system encourages people be private with their grief and their beliefs. I think the current trend of ghost hunting and paranormal research groups is one sign that people aren’t satisfied with our culture’s detachment to death and the afterlife. Finding peace after death might require more than what our American culture offers.
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