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Apparitions and thought-transference : an examination of the evidence for telepathy / by Frank Podmore.

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Podmore, Frank, 1856-1910.
London : Walter Scott, 1894.


1 online resource (xiv, 401 pages) : illustrations.
The contemporary science series
Contemporary science series.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
LC copy has [22] p. of publisher's advertisements bound in at end. Bookseller's label: B.H. Blackwell's, Oxford. DLC
"The following pages aim at presenting in brief compass a selection of the evidence upon which the hypothesis of thought-transference, or telepathy, is based. It is now more than twelve years since the Society for Psychical Research was founded, and nearly eight since the publication of Phantasms of the Living. Both in the periodical Proceedings of the Society and in the pages of Edmund Gurney's book, a large mass of evidence has been laid before the public. But the papers included in the Proceedings are interspersed with other matter, some of it too technical for the taste of the general reader; whilst the two volumes of Phantasms of the Living, which have for some time been out of print, were too costly for the purse of some, and too bulky for the patience of others. The attention which, notwithstanding these drawbacks, that work excited on its first appearance, the friendly reception which it met with in many quarters, and the fact that a considerable edition has been disposed of, encouraged the hope that a book on somewhat similar lines, but on a smaller scale, might be of service to those--and their number has probably increased within the last few years--who take a genuine interest in this inquiry. Accordingly in the autumn of 1892 I obtained permission from the Council of the Society for Psychical Research to make full use, in the compilation of the present work, not merely of the evidence already published by us, but of the not inconsiderable mass of unpublished records in the possession of the Society. It will be seen that the present book has little claim to novelty of design; but it is not merely an abridged edition of the larger work referred to. On the one hand it has a somewhat wider scope, and includes accounts of telepathic clairvoyance and other phenomena which did not enter into the scheme of Mr. Gurney's book. On the other hand, the bulk of the illustrative cases here quoted have been taken from more recent records; and, in particular, certain branches of the experimental work have assumed a quite new importance within the last few years"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).
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Introductory -- Experimental transference of simple sensations in the normal state -- ...with hypnotised percipients -- Experimental production of movements and other effects -- ... of telepathic effects at a distance -- General criticism of the evidence for spontaneous thought-transference -- Transference of ideas and emotions -- Coincident dreams -- On hallucinations in general -- Induced telepathic hallucinations -- Spontaneous telepathic hallucinations -- Collective hallucinations -- Some less common types of telepathic hallucination -- On Clairvoyance in trance -- ... in a normal state -- Theories and conclusions.
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Print version: Podmore, Frank, 1856-1910. Apparitions and thought-transference. London : Walter Scott, 1894 (DLC) 33024140 (OCoLC)4664027