A Study in Survival: Conan Doyle Solves the Final Problem

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John Hunt Publishing, Nov 1, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 176 pages
Here is dramatic new evidence for the survival of our individual personalities after death. It is provided by an astonishing series of recent communications from a man who died in 1930 and whose mission, when alive, was to bring just such evidence to the notice of the widest possible audience - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Conan Doyle Solves the Final Problem
By Roger Straughan
O Books, 2009
A Study in Survival mimics the title of the very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet; and the sub-title, Conan Doyle Solves the Final Problem reflects not only the title of the 26th, and intended last, Holmes story, The Final Problem, wherein Conan Doyle ‘bumped Holmes off’ Reichenbach Falls, but also the ability of Holmes’s creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to prove his personal survival of the death of his physical body – which occurred on 7th July, 1930.
Conan Doyle, in the last 15 years of his physical life, became a propagandist for spiritualism’s vital message – the message behind any genuine message given via a psychic medium: that every human personality survives the death of the physical body. And, furthermore, that the conscious mind continues to function in a different dimension of a much finer vibratory state of being.
Dr Roger Straughan, sometime in the mid 1990’s, became an unsuspecting target for ACD’s attention (as Roger and I both affectionately refer to the ongoing personality of Sir Arthur). And Roger, with a philosopher’s enquiring mind, soon realised that “readings” brought evidence that not only had ACD survived but that ACD was aware of all Roger’s thoughts, activities and everyday problems – AND was available to help him!
A “reading” for Roger was not the normal reading obtained by consulting a psychic medium but was obtained by randomly selecting and opening one of Conan Doyle’s books. This he discovered through the death of his dog, Sgott: that whatever matter was on his mind he could pick up a book written by Conan Doyle, open it at random, and whatever his eyes first lighted upon was an answer to his thoughts! Far more often than not, the passage made sense! Just as if he had discussed the matter or question with Sir Arthur in person.
So many of Roger Straughan’s experiences in delving into the ACD mystery parallel my own pathway with the spirit entity of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that it gave me an uncanny sense of ACD’s hidden amusement and satisfaction when I was introduced to Roger and read his draft manuscript. That early manuscript of A Study in Survival, now dedicated For Sir Arthur – and all the Dogs, was ‘unleashed’ on me nearly a year ago now, and I have keenly awaited it’s finalisation and publication.
Now, with a review copy of the book in my hands, I relive the thrill of discovering that amazing confirmation of the capacity of those who have passed through the veil before us to interact in our lives: to lead us, to tease us, to prove their continuing existence, and to serve us in the fulfilment of our physical lives.
Although Straughan does not give a calendar of the progression of his experiences, with a little bit of Holmesian sleuthing, it is relatively easy to appraise the approximate timeframe.
• He had built a modest collection of Conan Doyle’s books long before I was first introduced to ACD in 1992, but I believe I leapfrogged him in rapidly building my collection of the same range of virtually all of Conan Doyle’s books: the …noble, silent comrades, waiting in their ranks… (Through the Magic Door, p1) – all the books Roger quotes from I have at my own finger tips;
• I had contacted ACD’s daughter in the 1990’s before her passing in 1997, by mail and then by telephone – but never got to meet her: just as Roger had corresponded with her – but not had the satisfaction of meeting her face to face;
• Roger had been introduced to ACD via his concern over his dog’s passing, and that had been a catalyst in seeking to find out more about Sir Arthur’s interest in dogs (a prominent point in his life and in his books – but never a cat!) – and I had had a 13 year experience with a wonderful Airedale which, with hindsight, I attributed as being ACD’s ‘gift from Spirit’ (Sir Arthur had had an Airedale);
• And we both – hard headed, analytical and fundamentally


The Man who Wanted Proof
Letting Go of a Lurcher
The Soothing Company of the Great Dead
Dogs Doggerel and a Dame
A Message to a Daughter
the FrancoGerman Problem
The Search for More Evidence
The Sportsman
The Man with his Finger on the Pulse
The Man who Loved Puzzles
The Spiritual Seeker
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Creator?
The 5 35 from Paddington
Survival and Beyond

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About the author (2009)

Roger Straughan's  career has been spent teaching in schools, colleges and universities, culminating in his holding the post of Reader in Education at the University of Reading, UK, specialising in the philosophy of education. He gained an MA and Ph.D (London) in that subject, together with an MA in Classics (Cambridge). His university research has led to the writing and editing of many books and articles on issues in education, philosophy and ethics, and he has given invited papers at many international conferences. Psychical questions have also been a life-long interest, and he is an active member of a number of societies and organisations concerned with psychical and spiritual matters. He has been invited to speak at major conferences and has published journal articles and reviews on these subjects, and also on Conan Doyle.

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