Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Author Boese (Hippo Eats Dwarf, The Museum of Elephants on Acid – Kindle edition by Alex Boese. Download it . Alex Boese’s collection of bizarre scientific anecdotes illuminates matter – by Boese’s own estimation, Elephants on Acid is a book you dip. Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Fortunately, with the progress of the time to the present, a ob of the experimental arrangements is observed. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Yes, man This book is recommended for someone with scientific mind and passion for exploration.

How to even come up with the ideas for such experimental arrangements. I found that many experiments, even if weird, were really interesting and offer very practical information about the human mind and human psychology.

Review: Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese

There is a connection between vaudeville and science, and it is more profound than people credit. For instance, when a female scientist was dissuaded from one of her ideas, this discouragement spoke more to the patriarchic environment surrounding elelhants experiment than to the controversial nature of the question itself. I can see why investigators in these elephnats must now put proposals to an ethics comittee – a goodly number of these experiments would not take place if put forward today.

I started to read this with the chapter on relationships, which was setting a good tone to the book and nicely amusing, but after turned to other chapters I had to put it to paper recycling. There were a series of scenarios carried avid to distinguish whether or not human beings have a subconscious gay-dometer, the typical can a cockroach survive a nuclear explosion experiment, and of course the experiment which the book was named after Even the pictures–which were at times jaw dropping–weren’t done justice in black and white.


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This negative is helped by the fact that the book is not linear in any way; it’s certainly possible for the reader to skip around and read different themes at different times, depending on their interest. Yes, many of those experiments have a pseudo-scientific reason but that is the beauty of science never know what will yield something interesting and what will kill an elephant and make a little monkey scared.

I remind myself that this book concentrates examples of bad practice and most researchers would not wish to be associated with the people discussed and I don’t suggest you avoid this book. We learn a truly magnificent and wrong formula for working out the moment at which cocktail parties become too loud.

I’m also unlikely to ever volunteer to take part in any psychological experiment – but then, will I even be asked? Simon Ings samples science at its most surreal.

Preview — Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese. Feb 02, Dane Cobain rated it really liked it. Many of these experiments are truly unsettling, but the author presents them in ales flippant, airy way that helps to put you at ease.

Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments

Jan 21, Ryan O’Neill rated it really liked it. You will laugh and wonder how on earth some one got away with doing that. Most are merely groaners, and though some draw a genuine chuckle they feel inappropriate in the serious or disturbing sections such as the infamous Milgram shock experiments. Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor!

The pictures range from innocent bpese wince-worthy, and all contribute to the overall interest of the topics they highlight. Not only the facts, significance, and controversies surrounding a particular experiment, but more importantly he also goes into great depth, the life and mind of the individual s behind them and the fabulous amount of history involved.


The book is a nice blend of the horrifying and the humorous.

The fact is that many of these experiments show just ellephants terrible people can act. Again, since this is a presentation of some of the sickest things that people have chosen to dream up and test, in effect can be unsettling. There were a few new ones for me, including a study making fools of professional wine-tasters and another that showed being visited by a clown almost doubles likelihood of pregnancy hoese in vitro fertilization which has interesting implications for As a collection of classic bizarre experiments, this book holds up well.

Nazism was not triggered by “bad people”, but almost anyone can become a Nazi in the proper social bkese. Each experiment was assigned to a specific section Boese does not ease his reader gently into the subject. Sep 11, Joseph Mckenna rated it really liked it. Robert White’s attempt to isolate a monkey’s brain by removing, piece by piece, the face and skull, absolutely belongs in this book – but it is delivered so early that it’s one hell of a hurdle to clear in the first five minutes of reading.

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