What We Hope to Hear from Sir William Crookes, F.R.S.: On the Occasion of His Presidential Address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, at Bristol. An Open Letter to the President-elect of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

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Plain Citizen Publishing Company, 1898 - Parapsychology - 24 pages
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Page 19 - And to imagine that an innocent school-girl of fifteen should be able to conceive and then successfully carry out for three years so gigantic an imposture as this, and in that time should submit to any test which might be imposed upon her, should bear the strictest scrutiny, should be willing to be searched at any time, either before or after a seance, and should meet with even better success in my own house than at that of her parents, knowing that she visited me with the express object of submitting...
Page 18 - Round her she made an atmosphere of life. The very air seem'd lighter from her eyes — They were so soft and beautiful, and rife With all we can imagine of the skies, And pure as Psyche ere she grew a wife — Too pure even for the purest human ties; Her overpowering presence made you feel It would not be idolatry to kneel.
Page 18 - Every test that I have proposed she has at once agreed to submit to with the utmost willingness ; she is open and straightforward in speech, and I have never seen anything approaching the slightest symptom of a wish to deceive. Indeed, I do not believe she could carry on a deception if she were to try, and if she did she would certainly be found out very quickly, for such a line of action is altogether foreign to her nature. And to imagine that an innocent school-girl of fifteen should be able to...
Page 18 - Having seen so much of Katie lately, when she has been illuminated by the electric light, I am enabled to add to the points of difference between her and her medium which I mentioned in a former article. I have the most absolute certainty that Miss Cook and Katie are two separate individuals so far as their bodies are concerned. Several little marks on Miss Cook's face are absent on Katie's. Miss Cook's hair is so dark a brown as almost to appear black; a lock of Katie's which is now before me, and...
Page 13 - Telepathy, the transmission of thought and images directly from one mind to another without the agency of the recognized organs of sense, is a conception new and strange to science. To judge from the comparative slowness with which the accumulated evidence of our society penetrates the scientific world, it is, I think, a conception even scientifically repulsive to many minds. We have supplied striking experimental evidence ; but few have been found to repeat our experiments.
Page 18 - I could hear a heart beating rythmically inside, and pulsating even more steadily than did Miss Cook's heart when she allowed me to try a similar experiment after the seance. Tested in the same way Katie's lungs were found to be sounder than her medium's, for at the time I tried my experiment Miss Cook was under medical treatment for a severe cough.
Page 19 - ... occasionally held both his hands, and placed my feet on his feet. On no single occasion have I proposed a modification of arrangements for the purpose of rendering trickery less possible which he has not at once assented to, and frequently he has himself drawn attention to tests which might be tried. I speak chiefly of Mr. Home, as he is so much more powerful than most of the other mediums I have experimented with.
Page 13 - It would be well to begin with Telepathy; with the fundamental law, as I believe it to be, that thoughts and images may be transferred from one mind to another without the agency of the recognized organs of sense — that knowledge may enter the human mind without being communicated in any hitherto known or recognized ways.
Page 15 - ... marvels grow smaller and less numerous. Yet, negative conclusions notwithstanding, the year 1894 witnessed the performances of Eusapia Palladino. In regard to Mr. Crookes and his experiments, Mr. Podmore is becomingly respectful ; but the best critical faculty may be taken in by trickery (eg, p. in, "Miss Cook, Miss Fay, and other mediums with whom Mr. Crookes experimented"). Mr. Podmore concludes : " Unless and until some feat is performed which fraud cannot explain, the presumption that fraud...
Page 23 - Uraninite, R.;" (3) "Broggerite, R.;" and (4) "Broggerite, L." Only the strongest of the lines, and those about which I have no doubt, are given. The wave-lengths are on Rowland's scale. The photographs were taken on plates bent to the proper curvature for bringing the whole spectrum in accurate focus at the same time. The spectrum given by a spark between an alloy of equal atoms of mercury, cadmium, zinc and tin was photographed at the same time on the plate, partially overlapping the helium spectrum...

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