Thursday, October 30, 2014
Happy Halloween — and a couple of recommendations
Hope you all have a happy Halloween tomorrow. (Yes, my parents had the coolest furniture ever.)
I'll be away from the blog for a couple of days.
If you are looking for a fascinating book to read in this haunted season, I highly recommend Deborah Blum's Ghost Hunters. At the end of the 19th century, and in the face of scorn from other scientists, William James — renowned Harvard professor of psychiatry — and a group of eminent scientists decide to study ghosts, spiritualism, and psychic phenomena in an empirical way.
This is one of my all-time favorite works of nonfiction.
I also hope you'll listen to Crime and Science Radio on Saturday (10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern, 5 PM GMT) -- our guest is forensic anthropologist Marilyn London.