Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments

Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments

by Alex Boese

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Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
sanddancer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My knowledge of science is pretty poor, but still this was an enjoyable and informative read. The author looks at various weird experiments, some of them trivial, some of them important, some of them absolutely disgusting. They are divided into sections such as Animals, Sleep, Babies and Death.
craigim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back in college, I did a term paper on LSD for my organic chemistry class. One of the things I read about, but that didn't make it into the paper, was the elephant on acid. I had always remembered that it had happened, but could never remember the outcome or the details. That part of my brain is now at peace.Besides the elephant, the other bizarre studies were fun to read about. The short vignette style makes it makes a perfect bathroom book.
TurtleBoy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, as its title purports, is intended to shed light on notable experiments (most from the 20th century) considered in some way "bizarre." While some of the experiments are indeed strange (often intruding far past the border between ethical and unethical...a good number of these would never today receive IRB approval), just as many are actually reputable experiments in psychology that seem strange to someone not familiar with psychological experimentation. And while many of the experiments Boese (a graduate student at UC San Diego) describes have since been debunked, just as many have been reinforced by independent retesting. Most of the experiments Boese catalogues one will encounter in a first-year college psychology text.All in all, the book is mildly amusing lightweight reading, perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon such as the one today offered. Boese is generally entertaining, though sometimes dismissive, flippant, and condescending.
DonMacAlpine More than 1 year ago
Received as a gift in 2008, the book is a light read with its serious moments. Writing a book about injustice, I repeatedly reference the electrical shocking experiment that Boesche describes starting on Page 211. Not only does the book describe the bizarre. It also reveals, through at least this experiment, reasons why we should do more than read. It should lead to the message that sometimes the results of such science should also challenge us to change our own complacent, mindless characters, start to engage in the world around us and challenge the people in white lab coats everywhere.
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chris2010 More than 1 year ago
This book is not for the squemish. I have read about half of the book and it is gory. So far there has been electrocution, attaching new heads to bodies among other gruesome experiments. Some of the experiments are more straight forward. I have not got to the experiment about the elephants on acid yet. There has been an interesting experiment on elephant's memory. All in all it is a well researched book and is a good read for mature audiences. Definitly not for children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago