Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death, by Deborah Blum. A Pulitzer Prize–winning author tells the amazing story of William James’s quest for empirical evidence of the spirit world. What if a world -renowned philosopher and professor of psychiatry at Harvard suddenly announced he believed in ghosts? At the close of the nineteenth century, the illustrious William James led a determined scientific investigation into "unexplainable" incidences of clairvoyance and ghostly visitations. James and a small group of eminent scientists staked their reputations, their careers, even their sanity on one of the most extraordinary quests ever undertaken: to empirically prove the existence of ghosts, spirits, and psychic phenomena. What they pursued— and what they found—raises questions as fascinating today as they were then. Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin and has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today.