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The Preliminary Report of the Commission Appointed by the University of Pennsylvania to Investigate Modern Spiritualism In Accordance with the Request of the Late Henry Seybert is a comprehensive and thought-provoking exploration of the phenomenon of spiritualism. This book, compiled by the University of Pennsylvania's Seybert Commission, presents an unbiased and rigorous examination of the subject while shedding light on the experiences and claims made by spiritualists.

The book begins with an introduction to the late Henry Seybert, whose generous endowment established the commission's important research. It then delves into the historical background of spiritualism, tracing its origins and the development of its practices throughout the years. This context provides readers with a solid foundation to understand the subsequent investigations conducted by the commission.

One of the strengths of this report lies in its meticulous approach to gathering evidence. The commission thoroughly and systematically studied various seances, mediumistic phenomena, and spiritualistic events, employing a combination of observations, interviews, and scientific tests. This rigorous methodology lends credibility to the findings presented, allowing readers to make informed judgments regarding the validity and authenticity of spiritualistic claims.

The report not only focuses on the experiences of mediums and spiritualists but also considers the perspectives of skeptics and critics. By including opposing viewpoints and addressing potential explanations for spiritualistic phenomena, the commission demonstrates its commitment to a fair and balanced evaluation. This comprehensive exploration ensures that readers are exposed to all aspects of the phenomenon, encouraging them to form their own conclusions.

Moreover, the language used in this report is accessible and suitable for both experts and general readers. It strikes a balance between academic rigor and readability, making the complex subject matter understandable and engaging. The inclusion of photographs and illustrations further enhances the reading experience, visually illustrating the commission's findings and adding depth to the narrative.

However, it's worth noting that this is only a preliminary report, implying that further research and investigation may be necessary. While the report offers valuable insights and raises intriguing questions, readers may find themselves yearning for a more comprehensive and conclusive analysis in subsequent volumes.

In summary, the Preliminary Report of the Commission Appointed by the University of Pennsylvania to Investigate Modern Spiritualism In Accordance with the Request of the Late Henry Seybert is an exceptional resource for anyone interested in the study of spiritualism. Its rigorous methodology, comprehensive approach, and accessible language make it an invaluable contribution to the field. Whether one is a believer, skeptic, or simply curious, this book provides a balanced and thought-provoking examination of a fascinating and often controversial subject.

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PRELIMINARY REPORT

OF THE COMMISSION APPOINTED BY

THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

TO INVESTIGATE

MODERN SPIRITUALISM

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUEST OF THE LATE HENRY SEYBERT

WITH A FOREWORD BY H.H. FURNESS, JR.

1887, 1920

FOREWORD

Now, at the present time, when the attention of the public is turning towards questions of Psychology and Psychiatry, it is most appropriate that a volume such as the present Report be again placed in the hands of the public. While it cannot be said that the conclusions reached by the Seybert Commission were final, yet material for future investigation was furnished and facts so clearly stated that the reader might form his own conclusions. The purpose and intended scope of the Commission are plainly set forth in the Preliminary sections, and therefore need not be entered upon here.

Of the members composing that Commission but one is now surviving, Dr. Calvin B. Knerr, who contributed an interesting report on the slate writing medium, Mrs. Patterson. The sections by the Acting Chairman, Dr. Horace Howard Furness, on Mediumistic Development, Sealed Letters, and Materialization were the occasion of acrimonious and violent attack on the whole work of the Commission by those periodicals devoted to spiritualism and its propaganda. Age cannot wither the charm of the good humoured satire with which the Acting Chairman treated these subjects; and it was largely the spirit in which they were thus approached that inspired the intense hostility on the part of the spiritual mediums and their many followers... Continue reading book >>




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