Six Lectures on the Philosophy of Mesmerism, Delivered in Boston

Six Lectures on the Philosophy of Mesmerism, Delivered in Boston

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... the same principle that we in a wakeful state could look through said walls if they were thin, transparent glass. On this principle, if the subject be charged too much or too little, he cannot see clearly. Or if the night be rainy, or even damp, and unfavorable to electricity, then experiments in clairvoyance must fail, or be very imperfect. The subject must be magnetically charged exactly to that degree which will bring him into magnetic equilibrium with external electricity. Then, if the night be favorable, the experiments will most likely prove successful-/ For the sake 6f perspicuity, I will take another position. Why can you see through that window? You answer, because the glass is transparent. But why is it transparent? You again answer, because upon every square inch of its surface there are several thousand pores, and the glass is of that chemical property that it will admit the rays of atmospheric light to pass through them. This is philosophically correct. But remember, it is not the Window that Sees, but it is the Inhabitant in the house that looks out of the window. The question now arises, why can you not see through that wall? If you answer, because it is opaque, yet the query arises, why is it opaque? The wall has certainly as many pores upon the square inch as that glass. The answer: s, because the wall is of that chemical property that resists the rays of atmospheric light; and where no light passes through the pores of a substance, that substance must be opaque. This is so far philosophically correct. We are now ready to ask, why can you see through the eye? Because it is formed on the transparent principle, has a certain number of pores upon the square inch, and, by the skill of the Creator, it is so constituted as to..show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657071
  • 9781236657077