Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Researches in the Phenomena of Spiritualism William Crookes
An important work in the history of Spiritualism. Sir William Crookes (1832-1919) was renowned as one of the great physicists of his time. In 1869 he was introduced to 'psychic phenomena' in a sitting with a medium, and soon after resolved to undertake a thorough study of Spiritualism, his particular focus being on the medium Daniel Dunglas Home (one of whose feats was to apparently play an according, placed in a basket under a table at which he sat). Crookes enthusiastic accounts, published in the 'Quarterly Journal of Science' from 1871 onwards, provoked outrage in the scientific community, and led to much heated debate and scathing replies. This volume reproduces in book form the essays by Crookes which ignited the controversy, as well as his rebuttals of some of the criticisms.