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Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese

Elephants on Acid (edition 2009)

by Alex Boese

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Title:Elephants on Acid
Authors:Alex Boese
Info:Pan Macmillan (2009), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:non-fiction, science, oddities, experiments

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Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese

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    Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century by Lauren Slater (dtw42)
    dtw42: More detail on the psychological experiments of Skinner, Milgram, Festinger, and others.
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    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (sanddancer)
    sanddancer: Some of the weird real life experiments in Elephants on Acid are similar to the science in Brave New World.

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I found this book a fairly easy read, good for dipping into and interesting. Clearly, today's ethics committees would have prevented many of these experiments from happening; I can't help thinking that the author trivializes just how distasteful some of these experiments were. ( )
  martensgirl | Feb 28, 2013 |
Semi-Interesting bathroom book. ( )
  Djupstrom | Apr 25, 2010 |
Very interesting. Easy to pick up and put down and pick up again as the sections are only 1-5 pages in length generally. At the beginning of the book he explains his creteria for including experiments in the book. No Hitler/Nazi stuff here; he explained he didn't feel they were "experiments" and wouldn't legitimize such torture. Kudos. An enjoyable, although at time bizarre, book because of its subject. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Feb 1, 2009 |
In this book, Alex has collected a strange collection of experiments.. some are from many years ago, others are more recent. They cover all kinds of subjects, but have been collected together under ten themes, with chapters such as ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Making Mr Hyde’. Each experiment is summarised by the author, rather than going into too many details.. but for those interested, there are references given, where one can find those extra details.

There is a lot of variety in the experiments, and looking at other reviews, some people have found some a little distasteful, particularly the experiments on animals. The key here, I believe, is to remember that Alex is simply reporting on these experiments, not carrying them out, or endorsing them.

Here’s a small selection of questions asked… can wine tasters tell the difference between wines.. and more importantly, can people tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi?! Do babies choose a balanced diet if left to their own devices? Can you learn as you sleep? What happens if you stay awake for eleven days? Can you catch yellow fever by drinking vomit? And finally, if you fell down a mine shaft, would your dog get help?

In summary, it’s a very mixed book.. some of the experiements are disturbing, some are funny. A few of the experiments are quite well know, others rather obscure. It’s a book you can read from beginning to end, or pick and choose. It’s a good ‘coffee table’ book, and would spark some conversations.
  michelle_bcf | Sep 28, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156031353, Paperback)

When Tusko the Elephant woke in his pen at the Lincoln Park Zoo on the morning of August 3, 1962, little did he know that he was about to become the test subject in an experiment to determine what happens to an elephant given a massive dose of LSD. In Elephants on Acid, Alex Boese reveals to readers the results of not only this scientific trial but of scores of other outrageous, amusing, and provocative experiments found in the files of modern science.

Why can’t people tickle themselves? Would the average dog summon help in an emergency? Will babies instinctually pick a well-balanced diet? Is it possible to restore life to the dead? Read Elephants on Acid and find out!

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Offers an odyssey into the world of bizarre, outrageous, and provocative scientific experiments that seek to determine what happens to an elephant that is given a dose of LSD, would the average dog summon help in an emergency, and can life really be restored to the dead.… (more)

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