The Annals of Psychical Science; A ... Journal Devoted to Critical and Experimental Research in the Phenomena of Spiritism Volume 4

The Annals of Psychical Science; A ... Journal Devoted to Critical and Experimental Research in the Phenomena of Spiritism Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...in that realm; and, on the other hand. I urge those who devote their efforts to this study t0 cultivate prudence and patience. And. therefore, since we are dealing with the future of THE APPARITION OF A DECEASED PERSON SHORTLY AFTER DEATH WITNESSED BY THREE PERSONS. By CAMILLE FLAMMARION. THE English M cchanic and World of Science, a publication well known by astronomers, recently dealt with the question of ghosts, and the clothes that they wear. If we treat the subject in the light of a hallucination, it would be easy enough to imagine the creation of our fancy wearing a suit of clothes made at the Belle jardiniere or the Galeries Lafayette, but when we treat the matter seriously, it is a different question altogether, and one that borders on the ridiculous. Putting aside all question of fraud or dupery, both of which are so often present in matters of this kind, there are three hypotheses which may be suggested in explanation of these apparitions: (I) That they are pure hallucinations, or illusions of the Sight, with absolutely no intervention of any spirit either of a living or dead person. This, it may be remarked is usually the case. (2) That the vision may be produced by a sort of wireless telegraphy emanating from the spirit of some person, alive 0r dead, and acting on the brain of the " ghost seer." In this case there can be no question of a real phantom, for it is nothing more than an example of telepathy. (3) Finally we may admit the existence of phantomsBut how are we to account for the fact that they wear clothing? Perhaps it is only out of common decencY that they always appear dressed. But, surely, they ought t0 be able to preserve a respectable appearance without these bizarre and inexplicable garments....show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236795202
  • 9781236795205