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The cover was cute because it had hippie like flowers on it, and I won’t deny it was partially the cover that made it so caid while also the title of course promised interesting subject matter But only experimenters wrap themselves in the adid of science. Even when gross, seemingly useless or morally appalling, Elephants on Acid is an entertaining, educational read. Later, the findings of these, as in dictatorships usual human-seeming experiments, found their way into the instructions for embarrassing interrogation and torture of the CIA in Latin America and other parts of the world.

Jul 03, Katarina rated it did not like it.

The book operates as an introductory guide for readers who might want to explore more about the experiments and follow aalex on further research. Other times I just shuddered at the things we thought acceptable. This was likely a financial decision on the part of the publisher, but the quality of the photos isn’t very high; better pictures or color pictures where available would have been more visually appealing.

There were a series of scenarios carried out to distinguish whether or not human beings have a subconscious gay-dometer, the typical can a cockroach survive a nuclear explosion beose, and of course the experiment which the book was named after A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase.

I found that many experiments, even if weird, were really interesting and offer very practical information about the human mind and human psychology. This book shows its age on subject matter that most people wouldn’t enjoy reading elephanys unless they enjoy reading about the mistakes and science errors made to get where we are now. There is a connection between vaudeville and science, and it is more profound than people credit.


The flow within chapters is simple and easy to follow – here’s an experiment, here’s an experiment, elephanhs chapter.

Elephants on Acid : And Other Bizarre Experiments

I found that many experiments, even if weird, were really interesting and offer very practical information about the human mind and human Wonderful book, for many different reasons: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The book found itself into the hands of a lil girl I babysit for and perhaps scarred her for life. Weird fact about that book is that it is actually interesting, reading how scientists were coming up with their experiments, investing their time, knowledge and in some cases sanity to provide people of Earth with eligible explanations for strange questions like “can we resurrect dead corpses?

The author admits this groundwork in his introduction; he is very aware of the nature of his project, and he constantly liv TL: Jan 08, Sunsettowers rated it really liked it Shelves: Like Telegraph Books on Facebook.

There were about 10 or so sections each with about 10 or so experiments a section, each about pages long explaining the origins and details of the experiment.

And this book was just meh. Unfortunately, all the photos are black and white, even for very recent experiments where color photography is certainly available. Sometimes you just need to re read a fascinating, fun favorite. Cutting even single threads can disrupt and distort the entire scope of our scientific understandings. You begin to prepare yourself for silly statements and punchlines thrown in at regular intervals.

He wrote the book so that it would be easy to pick up and put down at any moment without investing large amounts of time, and it accomplishes this very well. So while the humor is sometimes cute and worth a chuckle, it reaches a point where it just makes you roll your eyes and have the mood disrupted.


Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Read it, instead, to learn how far some will go in the pursuit accid knowledge. Another chance pick up from Fopp: There’s even an entire chapter, ‘Toilet Reading’, dedicated to this very idea. Is it possible to restore life to the dead? This is really a 2. As others suggested, the author did not at all fulfill his role in commenting the experiments as sometimes highly unethical and very simply described them A study that involves erotically propositioning young men on a wobbly bridge must surely have fallen out of the bottom of an Atom Egoyan movie.


Imagined wit interspaced with vague incomplete anecdotal accounts and abbreviated stories with varying degrees of inhumanity. All in all, the book was amusing. THAT is the kin The author’s sense of humor is extremely grating, and the experiments all seem to fall under either “somewhat eccentric but useful way of answering a valid question” or “stupid and cruel.


Thus, both frightening and abysmal tests are performed in a similar way as harmless and smiling anecdotes, which is slightly inappropriate from the entertainment point of view. Shame on me I was lying but u can’t explain that to a 3 year elwphants baby girl! Jan 07, Eve K rated it did not like it Shelves: Nazism was not triggered by “bad people”, but almost anyone can become a Nazi in the proper social context. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The more intellectually serious a work is, the more likely it is to have playful, even mischievous aspects.

But it is not ‘bizarre science’.

Each lil experiment is self contained and I found I was bored with them by half way thru the book, even if the experiments themselves were interesting, so really that means that I probably believe that the ellephants would have read better in increments rather than all at once like I did aicd.

Fair, with the experiment description lengths quite small, I wish there wasnt an averagepredictable, playing-on-the-words-of-the-experiment joke at the end of each description.

All that was seen was a lil canine head, features drawn into a tight, heart breaking look of pleading and attached to multiples wires leading off the page.

May 30, Robert rated it it was ok Shelves: