Spiritism and Psychology

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Cosimo, Inc., Apr 1, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 388 pages
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Spiritism and Psychology is a study of paranormal phenomenon from the standpoint of an accomplished psychologist. In this book, originally published in 1911, Flournoy explains why spiritism, the belief that people can speak to the dead, is impossible. He insists that spiritism can be explained through worldly and scientific means, if one admits some "supernormal" powers to average humans. Piece by piece, Flournoy deals with the major claims of spiritism, exposing how each can be explained through different means. An essential read for anyone interested in the occult, this book was considered a groundbreaking work in its time. Swiss professor THEODORE FLOURNOY (1854-1920) wrote a number of books on spiritism and is best remembered for From India to the Planet Mars (1900), which studied Hlne Smith, a medium who recalled past lives, including one lived in India.

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Page vii - It will be a great day when the subliminal psychology of Myers and his followers, and the abnormal psychology of Freud and his school, succeed in meeting, and will supplement and complete one another. That will be a great forward step in science and in the understanding of our nature.
Page 8 - Hereward Carrington, of whom the late Professor James of Harvard spoke to me with keen appreciation and whom he regarded as one of the best-informed and most open-minded of psychical researchers, wrote as follows: " When I wrote my book, The Coming Science, some years ago, I contended (pp. 59-78) that there was really no good first-hand evidence that spiritistic practices induced abnormal and morbid states and conditions to the extent usually supposed. Further experience has caused me to change that...
Page 21 - Because they think, as a leading biologist, now dead, once said to me, that even if such a thing were true, scientists ought to band together to keep it suppressed and concealed. It would undo the uniformity of Nature and all sorts of other things without which scientists cannot carry on their pursuits.
Page 9 - ... those who treat the whole problem as a joke, regard planchette as a toy and deny the reality of powers and influences which work unseen, should observe the effects of some of the spiritistic manifestations. They would no longer, I imagine, scoff at that investigation and be tempted to call all mediums frauds, but would be inclined to admit that there is a true terror of the dark, and that there are 'principalities and powers...

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