The Problems of Psychical Research

Experiments and Theories in the Realm of the Supernormal

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 79,050 / 242 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.7
LoC Category: GR
Downloads: 2,567
Added to site: 2007.11.30
mnybks.net#: 19132
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Non-fiction, Occult

I believe that practically all the phenomena of spiritualism are true; that is, that they have occurred in a genuine manner from time to time in the past; that they are supernormal in character, and are genuine phenomenal occurrences. But as to the further question: ''What is the nature of the intelligence lying behind and controlling these phenomena?''--that, I think, is as yet unsolved, and is likely to remain so for some time to come.

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rld." It will thus be seen that the uncertain and unsatisfactory condition of psychics is shared also by other branches of scientific investigation, and it is as yet too soon to say whether or not the ultimate verdict will swing in this direction or in that. We can only hope, and continue to experiment!

5. Psychical research, therefore, may continue to progress, in spite of the innate difficulties and the obstacles with which the subject is surrounded. It is our duty to see that it does! For it is certain that the subject will receive serious set-backs, from time to time, in the shape of unjust misrepresentations or bitter attacks from the outsiders, determined to "prove a case," even if the cause of truth be abandoned in order to do so. Take, e.g., the recent volume of Dr. Tanner and Dr. G. Stanley Hall (Studies in Spiritism). They received certain "lying communications," in spite of Professor William James' warning that "the personalities are very suggestible" and that "every one is liable t

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