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The Supernatural?

The Supernatural?


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108029193

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  • Lionel Weatherly (1852–1940) was a respected psychiatrist who advocated a more modern and sympathetic approach to mental illness than many of his contemporaries. In this work, first published in 1891, he discusses a variety of supernatural phenomena, seeking scientific and rational explanations for ghostly apparitions and paranormal experiences. Weatherly scrutinises stories of mirages, prophetic dreams and the experiences of historical figures like Joan of Arc. Also included is a chapter by famous illusionist and inventor J. N. Maskelyne. Maskelyne famously exposed the fraud of a number of spiritualists, and created illusions which are still performed today. His witty and colourful chapter examines the truth behind a number of famous Eastern magical illusions, sharing insights on trade secrets. Maskelyne also delves into mediumistic fraud, questioning the credibility of figures like D. D. Home and Madame Blavatsky, in an entertaining and carefully argued investigation of phenomena which have mystified for centuries.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108029193
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Superstition
    2. The unknowable
    3. Sense deception generally
    Part I. Sane Sense Deceptions:
    4. Simple sense deceptions
    5. Sleep
    6. Ghosts in all countries
    7.i Oriental jugglery
    7.ii Spiritualism
    7.iii Theosophy
    Part II. Doubtful Cases of Sense Deceptions:
    8. Joan of Arc
    Part III. Insane Sense Deceptions:
    9. Analogy between dreams and insanity
    Part IV. Sense Deceptions Caused by Fever, Poisoned Blood Supply:
    10. Belladonna
    11. Conclusion
    An addendum to the chapter on theosophy.

  • Authors

    Lionel A. Weatherly

    John Nevil Maskelyne

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