Occultism and modern science by T. Konstantin Oesterreich

By T. Konstantin Oesterreich

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Whose attention James, The manner of his discovery was both unromantic and unscientific in character in fact, it sounds middle-classes. ; 37 88 OCCULTISM AND MODERN SCIENCE more like an old wives' tale. James's sister-in-law told him one day of an unknown woman who had been able to give details about the writer of an Italian letter, who was simply by a stranger to her, placing the letter on her forehead. James was sceptical, but sufficiently curious and interested to look Mrs, Piper up for himself.

To the case where Mrs. Piper indicated the correct sex of the child, while James was wrong. If, however, the origin of her assertions is to be found in James's memory, it must be assumed that there are, so to say, deeper strata of subconsciousness, otherwise her declaration would have agreed with his erroneous opinion. That such deeper strata do exist is proved by the fact that 46 OCCULTISM AND MODERN SCIENCE under certain possible artificially induced conditions by narrowing the it is circle of consciousness memory and correct mistakes.

It in arguments are incontrovertible. Every one of the evidential cases might be explained as an elaboration by the creative imagination of Mrs. Piper 's^telepathically acquired knowledge and by her telepathic faculty working in conjunction MRS. PIPER AND PSYCHOMETRY 45 with the minds of others in the instance given with that of the dying man. Without the hypothesis of telepathy, all attempts at explanation are abortive. And in addition to the telepathic perception of the immediate actual mental processes of those present at the seance we have also to assume that the medium could read thoughts which were latent.

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