Death

Death

by Herbie Brennan
     
 

From the burial rites of the earliest humans to the current price of freezing one's dead body, this engaging study confronts the mystery of death—leaving no question or topic unexplored. In Death, Herbie Brennan dissects the biological processes by which we die, delving into the history of plagues, wars and natural disasters. What were the most prolific

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From the burial rites of the earliest humans to the current price of freezing one's dead body, this engaging study confronts the mystery of death—leaving no question or topic unexplored. In Death, Herbie Brennan dissects the biological processes by which we die, delving into the history of plagues, wars and natural disasters. What were the most prolific killers of our ancestors? How are you most likely to perish? What can you look forward to after that, if anything? Brennan probes these questions and dozens of others in a beguiling manner, turning the most frightening concepts into comforting revelations. He devotes a large portion of the book to "good news"—research into the afterlife, the tranquillity of near-death experiences, accounts of radio communication with the deceased (and how to make audio tapes of such phenomena), and out of body experiences. Surveying the world, Brennan reveals the surprising similarities and differences in cultural manifestations of this universal event. The result is a comprehensive account from multiple perspectives that is captivating, mysterious, and wonderfully reassuring about this most feared of human experiences.

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Publishers Weekly
This latest offering from Brennan, an Irish writer of nonfiction (The Martian Genesis) and children's books (Frankenstella and the Video Store Monster), is a study of death from a variety of angles. A historical chapter on the devastation caused by the bubonic plague is informative and interesting, as is the author's coverage of the Ebola virus and of modern dangers associated with the overuse of antibiotics. Brennan also includes a thoughtful overview of the ways various religions regard death and immortality. But when he turns his attention to ghosts, mediums, out-of-body experiences (OOBE) and other psychic phenomena which are clearly his chief interest more skeptical readers may raise an eyebrow. Brennan has done a number of experiments using hypnosis to trigger OOBE in subjects and the results of these, along with examples done by others in the field, are used to support his arguable conclusion that "there is a substantial body of evidence to suggest the second body everyone experiences during an OOBE is something more than a subjective reality." In addition, Brennan details a theoretical account of the death experience that is based on a murky merge of Tibetan religious beliefs and testimonials from those who have survived near-death encounters. The author's claim that actual death is characterized by "calm, freedom from pain, the possibility of continuity..." will reassure believers and irritate rationalists. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781903070420
Publisher:
Eye Books
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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