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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Elephants on Acid

You begin to prepare yourself for silly statements and punchlines thrown in at regular intervals. Science is no exception. Part of the blurb that caught my curiosity: Like I said-it served its purpose.

Jan 07, Eve K rated it did not like it Shelves: In this way, Elephants is a great commentary upon just how far science has come. I’m so pissed off at myself that I even tried to read this book not once but three times. The author admits this groundwork in his introduction; he is very aware of the nature of his project, and he constantly liv TL: Some experiments are questionable, some are gross, some are famous, some are barely still remembered, but all are fascinating.

I would however tho The subject matter is fascinating, but some of the topics are ghastly and inhumane. You must realize that the vast majority of human beings are almost entirely similar to one another in fundamental respects, despite shallow appearances they are very much like anyone else. You’ll fly through this book, helped along by Boese’s wry writing style, and come out knowing a lot more bizarre facts than you did going in.

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: In Elephants on Acid, Alex Boese reveals to readers the results of not only this scientific trial but of scores of other outra When Tusko the Elephant woke in his pen at the Lincoln Park Zoo on the morning of August 3,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.


This is absolutely crucial bosse some sections! Want to Read saving…. The decision to put all the truly gut-wrenching vivisection stories in the first chapter was foolhardy.

Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese

Another chance pick up from Fopp: View all 3 comments. Yes, man This book is recommended for someone with scientific mind and passion for exploration.

The fact is that many of these experiments show just how terrible people can act. There is a connection between vaudeville and science, and it is more profound than people credit. But only experimenters wrap themselves in the authority of science. 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.

Philip Zimbardo’s prison-psychology experiment at Stanford University had to be terminated, so keenly did his volunteers brutalise each other. Some experiments are questionable, some are gross, some are famous, some are barely still reme Sometimes you just need to re read a fascinating, fun favorite. Everyone knows the don’t judge a book by its cover rule, and I’ve read enough books to know the truth behind the golden book rule but that doesn’t mean that I totally exclude all the aesthetic value of a book!


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.

I know that the introduction provided his stance that he included experiments that were either very funny or disgusting, or weird, but the way he provided them in a describing matter were not enough and made me feel very uneasy. Some of the stuff was just downright creepy, or gut wrenching.

Hence those horrible jokes and puns. Jun 05, Neenee rated it liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, it also makes the structure and formula for each subject piece very regular to a tee.

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 However, overall the book is well-researched and written, a breezy introduction to the weird paths science and scientific inquiry onn taken over the last few centuries as people attempt to better understand the world and how things work. As xlex aside it is amazing how many over extrapolate their conclusions.

The experiments ‘documented’ should be absolutely and completely condemned by everyone with capacity for rational thought, yet instead they’re delighted upon and made money on by some disgusting freak from my nightmares look at his goodreads picture if you don’t believe he’s got something missing upstairs.

The more entertaining, and less troubling, of Boese’s tales involve ingenious, self-aware acts of scientific folly.