Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Deathby F. W. H. Myers, Susy Smith (Editor), Aldous Huxley (Foreword by)
First published nearly 100 years ago, this work is still considered by many to be the most comprehensive book on telepathy and the unconscious. Regarded by psychologist William James as "the pioneer who staked out a vast tract of mental wilderness and planted the flag of genuine science on it," Frederic Myers brought together, in a book richly documented with fact, a great store of information on extrasensory perception, hypnotism, and related topics. Dover's complete reprint of the one-volume edition of Myers' classic makes the work much more accessible to students and teachers of psychology as well as to interested general readers.
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_In 1903 the Society for Psychical Research published this classic work- and effectively proved to any reasonable reader that man's true essence survives bodily death. However, the world of the early 20th century was obsessed with materialism and effectively ignored this finding. Those few scientists that did review the work came away convinced, more often than not. The problem was that most 'reputable' scientists wouldn't even consider it- a problem that continues to this day. ___The author of this pioneering volume was F.W.H. Myers, the cofounder of the Society of Psychical Research. Myers was not some fringe crank, for he was a recognized classics scholar, platonic philosopher, poet, and son of a clergyman. It was Myers who first translated and introduced Freud to the British public. He was also the originator of the term 'telepathy.' He was a meticulous and conscientious investigator. That is what strikes you about the vast compendium of cases included here- they were painstakingly documented, all witnesses were carefully interviewed, and sworn affidavits were obtained. In no way can this be considered a book of 'heresay.' Myers covered a wide variety of phenomena from hypnotic trance, dreams, possession, mystic ecstasy, telepathy, mediumship, clairvoyance, automatic writing, phantasms of the dead, to actual evidence of the survival of the subliminal elements of personality after death- because he correctly considered them all to be in some way interrelated. ___So, in life, Meyers effectively proved survival of the personality after death. But that was only half of his work. Starting a few years after his death his spirit started communicating with widely separated mediums in England, the United States, and India. The result was a huge body of interconnected messages called the 'Cross Correspondences.' This work consisted of over 3000 messages delivered over 30 years, and of such a complexity- and consistency- that they provide absolute proof of the survival of Meyers and several of his colleagues. ___So you see, the case for survival of the spirit was effectively made over 100 years ago, but it is still effectively ignored by a mainstream materialist society with its own agenda. But that doesn't make it any less true. ___This new edition has an introduction by Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D the foreward by Aldous Huxley and the introduction to the 1961 edition by Susy Smith. There is a full index.