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Apparitions and Thought-Transference

Apparitions and Thought-Transference
An Examination of the Evidence for Telepathy

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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108028059

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  • Frank Podmore (1856–1910) was a paranormal researcher and socialist who co-founded the Fabian Society. He became interested in spiritualism while studying at Oxford and joined the Society for Psychical Research. Forced to leave his employment at the Post Office amid rumours of a homosexual scandal, Podmore was later found drowned in suspicious circumstances. This 1894 volume is a detailed and comprehensive study of a variety of unexplained phenomena. The author reviews numerous scientific tests of telepathic ability involving the transmission of thoughts, tastes and images (illustrated by reproduction of sketches purportedly sent between psychics). Also reported are researches into clairvoyance, automatic writing and even attempts to induce sleep using telepathy. The author explores a variety of rational explanations for the phenomena, including fraud and the influence of hypnosis and suggestibility. Diligent and carefully argued, Podmore's examination of the scientific study of the supernatural is also colourful and enthralling.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108028059
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introductory
    2. Experimental transference of simple sensations in the normal state
    3. Experimental transference of simple sensations with hypnotised percipients
    4. Experimental production of movements and other effects
    5. Experimental production of telepathic effects at a distance
    6. General criticism of the evidence for spontaneous thought-transference
    7. Transference of ideas and emotions
    8. Coincident dreams
    9. On hallucination in general
    10. Induced telepathic hallucinations
    11. Spontaneous telepathic hallucinations
    12. Collective hallucinations
    13. Some less common types of telepathic hallucination
    14. On clairvoyance in trance
    15. On clairvoyance in normal state
    16. Theories and conclusions
    Index.

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    Frank Podmore

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