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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 24/31, 2006


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(20):2422. doi:10.1001/jama.295.20.2422

Such subjects as apparitions, psychism, spiritualism and the like have been so much exploited by charlatans and pseudo-scientists, with interests so obviously personal and selfish, that reasonable men, honestly desirous of ascertaining the truth, have generally abandoned this field. Professor Hyslop, however, is an honest, earnest searcher for the truth, and his latest book, “Enigmas of Psychical Research,”1 is entitled to scientific consideration, even though this must be quite adverse to his position. He accuses scientific men, especially “physical” or “materialistic” scientists, of purposely and even maliciously ignoring the work of those engaged in psychic research, of a very culpable indifference to supernormal or metaphysical phenomena. “Science,” he declares, “having become accustomed to residual facts within its own domain, is loath to admit the existence of facts which limit that domain or demand that acceptance of a larger than ordinary material world.” Let us inquire how just are these accusations: