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[Illustration: THE PAD THAT "BLINDFOLDS" THE YOGI

The above is a photograph of the actual porous plaster and pads produced by YOGA RAMA as a means of "blindfolding." The plaster is seen exactly as it was when taken off by Mr. WILLIAM MARRIOTT. It will be seen that the pads have shifted, allowing comparatively clear vision with one eye. The tissue paper, making the plaster non adhesive, will also be noticed.

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TELEPATHY

GENUINE AND FRAUDULENT

BY

W. W. BAGGALLY

MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH

WITH A PREFACE BY

SIR OLIVER LODGE, F.R.S.

METHUEN & CO. LTD. 36 ESSEX STREET W.C. LONDON

First Published in 1917

PREFATORY NOTE

My friend, Mr. W. W. Baggally, an experienced investigator of supernormal phenomena, has set down some of his experiences in connexion with the subject of Telepathy, and I heartily commend his book to the public as the record of a careful, conscientious, and exceptionally skilled and critical investigator. It would be difficult to find anyone more competent by training and capacity to examine into the genuineness of these subtle and elusive phenomena, which yet are of the utmost importance in the development of psychological science. Telepathy, or the direct action of mind on mind apart from the ordinary channels of sense, opens a new chapter; it is not a coping stone completing an erection, but a foundation stone on which to build.

OLIVER J. LODGE

CONTENTS

PART I

GENUINE TELEPATHY

PAGE

Experimental Telepathy 1

Spontaneous Telepathy 18

Telepathy between Human Beings and Animals 30

PART II

FRAUDULENT TELEPATHY

Accounts of Cases 35

Description of Various Methods used by Public Performers for effecting their So called Transmission of Thought 57

PART III

THE ZANCIGS

Public Experiments 68

Private Experiments 70

Experiments before Committees 82

Importance of establishing Genuine Telepathy as a Scientific Fact 92

TELEPATHY

PART I

GENUINE TELEPATHY

Sir William F. Barrett, one of the founders of the Society for Psychical Research, more than forty years ago tried some experiments which led him to believe that something then new to science, which he provisionally called "thought transference" and which is now known as "telepathy," really existed.

At the first general meeting of the Society, on the 17th July 1882, he read a paper entitled "First Report on Mind Reading."

Since that date the Society has carried out a great number of experiments which tend to show that telepathy is a scientific fact. The evidence for its existence is twofold that which can be gathered experimentally, and that which arises spontaneously. To the first category belong those experiments in the transmission of the images of drawings or diagrams by means of an effort of the will of a person known as the agent to the mind of another person designated the percipient , when the transmission is carried out otherwise than through the ordinary channel of the senses. To the second category belong those hallucinations of seeing a person at the moment of death or at a crisis, evidence for which has been obtained abundantly by the Society for Psychical Research and has been embodied in the work Phantasms of the Living , and in the Census of Hallucinations a report on which appeared in the Proceedings of the Society in 1894... Continue reading book >>




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