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A scientific demonstration of the future life.Practical conclusions.

A scientific demonstration of the future life.: Practical conclusions. The lessons which psychic science teaches pertain not alone to the future world, but they are of the utmost practical value in this life. Indeed, I speak the words of truth and soberness when I declare that there is no subject of human thought and investigation of such transcendent and imminent practical importance to mankind as that of psychic science. And the great lesson which it teaches, the lesson which embraces all the others, is that psychic phenomena are never produced except under the most intensely abnormal conditions of the physical and the mental organism. After describing the different forms of psychic development, I note that they are inversely proportioned to health and carry unsuspected dangers. Populations at risk include musicians, stenographers and typewriters, compositors, and other scientists. There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I present opinions of scientists on these psychical powers and their dangers and conclude with the great practical lesson of psychic science: normally, this is an objective world--the realm of physical life and activity; however, we possess other faculties which perform no normal function in this life, and practical experience shows that the habitual exercise of those faculties in this life produces the most disastrous results to both body and mind. The conclusion is irresistible that we should carefully refrain from exercising and developing, in this life, those powers which belong exclusively to another form of existence; and the necessity for this inhibition becomes still more apparent when we remember that all immorality, all vice, all crime, and all insanity arise from one and the same cause, namely, the dominance of the subjective faculties. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A scientific demonstration of the future life.Practical conclusions.

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Publisher
A C McClurg & Co
Copyright
Copyright © 1895 American Psychological Association
Pages
298 –316
DOI
10.1037/13739-021
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Abstract

The lessons which psychic science teaches pertain not alone to the future world, but they are of the utmost practical value in this life. Indeed, I speak the words of truth and soberness when I declare that there is no subject of human thought and investigation of such transcendent and imminent practical importance to mankind as that of psychic science. And the great lesson which it teaches, the lesson which embraces all the others, is that psychic phenomena are never produced except under the most intensely abnormal conditions of the physical and the mental organism. After describing the different forms of psychic development, I note that they are inversely proportioned to health and carry unsuspected dangers. Populations at risk include musicians, stenographers and typewriters, compositors, and other scientists. There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I present opinions of scientists on these psychical powers and their dangers and conclude with the great practical lesson of psychic science: normally, this is an objective world--the realm of physical life and activity; however, we possess other faculties which perform no normal function in this life, and practical experience shows that the habitual exercise of those faculties in this life produces the most disastrous results to both body and mind. The conclusion is irresistible that we should carefully refrain from exercising and developing, in this life, those powers which belong exclusively to another form of existence; and the necessity for this inhibition becomes still more apparent when we remember that all immorality, all vice, all crime, and all insanity arise from one and the same cause, namely, the dominance of the subjective faculties. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

Published: Jan 9, 2012

Keywords: psychic science; soul; psychic development; psychic powers; genius; immortality; insanity; crime; vice; body; mind; health; mental health

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