Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Science And The 'Miraculous' (But Were Afraid To Ask)
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Fantastic – I knew it was worth following you! My novel (published in September) features SPR – https://wordery.com/the-life-assistance-agency-thomas-hocknell-9781911129035
How curious or synchronic that this should pop up in my email, when last night I was looking at the same book cover late last – though I was backtracking from Leo Myers, wondering if he may have had an interest in altered states. I believe that Leo at least edited some of his father’s work for publication. My interest was through Leo Myers friendship with David Lindsay, author of A Voyage to Arcturus.
Happy birthday indeed! What a great find your blog is. And I look forward to The Living and the Dead.
Have you read John Cerullo’s book “Secularization of the Soul: Psychical Research in Modern Britain”? It seems to be rarely cited. Any opinions about it? It is usually forgotten but I believe it to be better than Gauld or Oppenheim’s histories.
Cerullo is certainly one of the more useful studies of the early SPR, and I think in some respect it’s slightly better than Oppenheim, though he appears to rely solely on published sources (you really need to get in the archives and try to draw upon personal correspondence, etc.). I think Gauld is much closer to the actual ‘pulse’ of the men and women who inaugurated the SPR.
[…] As even the most conservative historian will now acknowledge, this kind of research was much more prominent among Victorian men and women of science than your pre-1970s history books would have […]
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