Why do weird people believe even weirder things? That's a question for a different book. "Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife", by Mary Roach, doesn't judge people who believe that science has proven reincarnation, the existence of the soul, that houses can be haunted, that the dead communicate with the living, and that some ghosts really are friendly. Roach simply tells the bizarre and true stories of people who have a need to prove that there is a Light Beyond These Woods and don't believe that blind faith is enough. They believe that science can and has proven to their satisfaction that we humans are immortal and we need not fear the Grim Reaper. Yards of ectoplasm hanging limply in the lap of and at the feet of a "medium", yes. But, Death? Not to fear.
Draws on the achievements of scientists, engineers, and mediums to consider the feasibility of life after death, from a reincarnation researcher's experimentation with out-of-body experiences to laboratory investigations into ghosts.