my kind of atheist, Mary Roach: While Roach does not possess a science degree, she attempts to take complex ideas and turn them into something that the average reader can understand. She takes the reader with her through the steps of her research, from learning about the material to getting to know the people who study it, as she described in a public dialog with Adam Savage. According to Roach, “Make no mistake, good science writing is medicine. It is a cure for ignorance and fallacy. Good science writing peels away the blindness, generates wonder, and brings the open palm to the forehead: ‘Oh! Now I get it!'” Regarding her skepticism about the world around her, Roach states in her book Spook, “Flawed as it is, science remains the most solid god I’ve got. And so I’ve decided to turn to it, to see what it had to say on the topic of life after death. Because I know what religion says, and it perplexes me. It doesn’t deliver a single, coherent, scientifically sensible or provable scenario… Science seemed the better bet.”

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iconic Mary Roach born 1959

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http://www.booktv.org/Watch/14714/In+Depth+Mary+Roach.aspx

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Roach#Style

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Style

The common theme throughout all of Roach’s books is a literary treatment of the human body. Roach says of her publication history, “My books are all [about the human body], Spook is a little bit of departure because it’s more about the soul rather than the flesh and blood body, but most of my books are about human bodies in unusual circumstances.”  When asked by Peter Sagal, of NPR, specifically how she picks her topics, she replied, “Well, its got to have a little science, it’s got to have a little history, a little humor – and something gross.”

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this is my wanderlust youthful romp in authenticity analog of almost half a century ago   —

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