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Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research

by Michael Sage

Wonderful expose of the skeptics mindset!In a scenario resembling James Randi\'s stalking conviction by Uri Geller, which led to Randi\'s expulsion from CSICOP as he attracted too many lawsuits, Dr Hodgson the second most leading hard nosed skeptic of the 19th century, never left top medium Mrs Leonora Piper alone, for 15 yrs. For the expectation she would cheat by reading a newspaper or secretly direct legions of detectives to anticipate the personal details of her next sitters, that she never knew in advance. Dr Hodsgon even moved her to another country so she wouldn\'t know any confederates. Still, spirits of the deceased made contact thru Mrs Piper, with hundreds of sitters who verified the connections.
The greatest skeptic of all was Prof Hyslop who comically wore masks, even approaching from a carriage, spoke in an assumed voice, always sat behind the medium to prevent cold reading, and from just 16 sessions produced 650 pages of scientific commentary, which you don\'t have to face, dear reader. For this delighful book is a summary of how the worlds two greatest skeptics, after decades of testing Mrs Piper, finally surrendered and happily abandoned their protocols and chatted with their deceased relatives thru Mrs Piper. Both of these two highly regarded arch skeptics insisted that survival after death was scientifically proven beyond any doubt and skeptics should no longer be listened to.
These two men proved the value of personal experience that so many skeptics today,lack.

Incidentally a deceased skeptic friend of Dr Hodgson plays a significant role thru Mrs Piper, greatly improving the verification. A wonderful summary of decades of meticulous research is this book.

Reviewed on 2012.09.25

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