It’s October, so it’s time for some spooky tales of how Science is Stranger Than Fiction: Death and the Afterlife with Dr. Leslie New from WSU Vancouver. Content warning: lots of discussion of dead bodies, murder, trepanning (pre-historic brain surgery), anatomical models, mummies, grave robbing, books made of human skin, and many of the exhibits in the Mutter Museum.
See below for images and links to resources she talks about during the episode.
Minute ~14:38 – Ripley Alchemical Scroll
Starting ~17:08 – Article and images of papier mâché horses by Dr. Louis Auzoux
Starting ~19:53 – Many pictures of Anatomical Venuses
Mentioned at ~22:23 – The book The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death, and the Ecstatic, by Joanna Ebenstein
Starting ~42:48 – The Mutter Museum! Check out their website for images of the Chang and Eng Bunker, the skull collection, collection of swallowed objects, Harry Eastlack, growing a horn out of your head, the megacolon, and Albert Einstein’s brain.
Minute ~1:00:55 – The Body Farm at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Minute ~1:01:40 – The Order of the Good Death
Thanks to Graham Tully and Stephen Perry for sound production.
As always, a final thanks to Jonathan Coulton for the use of his song Mandelbrot Set as our theme music.