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“I am attacked by two very opposite sects —
the scientists and the know-nothings. Both laugh at me,
calling me 'the frogs' dancing master'. Yet I know I have
discovered one of the greatest forces in nature.”
Galvani, the discoverer of electricity
Laboratory experiments into psychic phenomena have been
conducted for over a hundred years and continue to increase
the voluminous objective evidence for the existence of the
afterlife. Most impressive and persuasive results have been
achieved in controlled experiments where maximum co-operation
was achieved between intelligences from this dimension and
the afterlife. It is proposed here to give details of only
a few experiments.
One of the first of a long line of eminent scientists to
undertake such investigations was Sir William Crookes who
among other things investigated the mediumship of Daniel
Sir William Crookes was one of the greatest scientists who
ever lived. He was showered with honors from many countries
— from England, from the United States, Scotland,
Germany, France, Italy, South Africa, Holland, Mexico, Sweden.
His contribution to science is unparalleled by any one single
individual in his and in our modern times.
Sir William was a skeptic before he was specifically chosen
by the English skeptics to investigate psychic phenomena
with the intention of discrediting it (Crookes 1871). He
was also a man of enormously high integrity, extremely high
intelligence and unshakeable intellectual independence.
He had stated that he would never let lobbying prevent him
from telling the truth, the whole truth.
Accordingly, he thoroughly investigated psychic phenomena
and although he obtained overwhelming evidence of the existence
of unknown forces for most of his lifetime he remained cautiously
skeptical about the afterlife. It was only when his wife
materialized through a medium that he was convinced beyond
any doubt whatsoever about survival.
Because of his independence of mind, strength of character
and because he would not be subservient to the skeptical
closed-minded scientists, Sir William was viciously attacked
by those who had appointed him to investigate psychic phenomena.
One of the most disgusting attacks was the claim by Walter
Mann that Sir William Crookes' investigation into materializations
were fraudulently concocted because he was having an affair
with one of the mediums he investigated—then a 15
year old girl. Of course, the person who made the claim
did not have the courage, the fortitude and the conviction
to make this claim when Crookes was alive. This cowardly
English skeptic waited until Sir William Crookes' death
before he used gutter level cowardly accusations to attack
To this day, this unfortunate incident caused by an enormously
jealous and envious nonentity has remained one of the most
abhorrent examples of disgusting conduct in the history
of English psychic investigation. Those who for material
motivation have become the dupes of their materialist masters
and are repeating Walter Mann's deliberate falsification
against Sir William will one day retract their scurrilous,
gutter level smear campaign.
Sir William Crookes did a great deal of psychic investigation
with Daniel Dunglas Home. In one of their experiments Home,
with the assistance of his invisible companions, demonstrated
the ability to affect the weight of objects in Crookes'
immediate presence. Dozens of highly credible witnesses
independently gave testimony of Home's ability to levitate
heavy pieces of furniture. Crookes showed in a laboratory
situation that Home could affect the weight of a board resting
on a balance scale merely by placing his fingers in a glass
of water resting on the end of the board.
Crookes concluded that he had discovered a 'new force' to
which he gave the name of 'Psychic'. He noted that this
force or power was very variable and at times was entirely
absent; it required painstaking and patient investigation.
He was at pains to avoid speculating on the nature of this
new force and appealed to his fellow scientists to come
forward to assist him to investigate it (Crookes 1874:17).
In another carefully constructed experiment a musical instrument,
an accordion purchased by Crookes, played by itself in Home's
immediate presence. In these experiments Home's hands and
feet were restrained and the accordion placed inside a wire
cage through which an electrical current was passed. Crookes
and two of the other witnesses present stated that they
distinctly saw the accordion 'floating about on the inside
of the cage with no visible support' (Crookes 1874:14).
Sir William's wife, Lady Crookes, was more willing to speak
plainly about her observations. Here was a classic example
where an intelligence from the afterlife was able to make
himself half-seen. According to her she saw the accordion
taken from Homes' hand by:
a cloudy appearance which soon seemed to condense into
a distinct human form, clothed in a filmy drapery...It
was semitransparent, and I could see the sitters through
it all the time. Mr Home remained near the sliding doors.
As the figure approached I felt an intense cold, getting
stronger as it got nearer, and as it gave me the accordion
I could not help screaming. The figure seemed to sink
into the floor to the waist, leaving only the head and
shoulder visible, still playing the accordion, which was
then about a foot off the floor (quoted by Stemman 1975:
No doubt, Sir William Crookes will remain as one of the
greatest investigators of psychic phenomena who irretrievably
established absolute objective proof for the existence of
More laboratory experiments
Dr Hereward Carrington is a most distinguished, highly credible
and respected scientist and author who was Director of the
American Psychical Institute. In many instances he personally
investigated psychic phenomena. In his most impressive work,
The World of Psychic Research (1973) he outlines
a number of psychic laboratory experiments which clearly
and in absolute terms prove how intelligences from the afterlife
are in a position to make their presence and participation
The Dr Osti-Rudi Schneider physical
Dr Eugene Osty, head of the Metaphysic Institute in Paris,
proved under laboratory conditions that a young medium,
Rudi Schneider, was able to produce genuine physical phenomena
without fraud. This is how Carrington described the experiment:
Dr Osty placed the objects to be moved upon a small table.
Across the top of the table he passed a beam of infra-red
rays. These were, of course, invisible to the eyes of those
present, but the apparatus was so designed that if any solid
object was interposed in the path of the rays, cutting off
as much as thirty per cent of them, a battery of cameras
would be exposed, flashlights ignited and the pictures taken
of the tabletop at that moment. This would happen if any
material thing tried to move the objects — say a human
hand. A series of photos would at once reveal the fraud.
In the sittings that ensued objects were moved on numerous
occasions, flashes were set off, and the plates developed.
What did they show? Nothing — that is, nothing abnormal.
They just showed the table top. But something had nevertheless
been moving about over the table because the beam of infra-red
rays had been interfered with and the objects had been displaced
The first stage of the experiment was most successful with
the medium obtaining the co-operation of an intelligence
from the afterlife to move things around so that his presence
was made known as evidenced by the battery of cameras flashing
when the intelligence moved the items on the table.
The second stage was to locate and identify the presence
of the intelligence. To do this the experimenter devised
an apparatus, a galvanometer, by means of which it would
be possible to register the oscillation or the vibration
rate of the intelligence once the experiment commenced.
As soon as the experiment commenced, the intelligence began
to move things around indicating that he was present; then
something quite spectacular happened — the galvanometer
began to register the 'pulsation' of the invisible intelligence.
As Carrington states:
It was somewhat like taking the pulse of an invisible being
standing before them in space! ( Carrington 1973:54).
For centuries clairvoyants have claimed that every living
thing possesses an invisible body — an astral body
or an etheric body — which duplicates our physical
body and which contains our real 'mind' as distinct from
our physical brain. Most interesting corroborative evidence
for this claim was reported by Sheila Ostrander & Lyn
Schroeder in their revolutionary book, PSI Psychic Discoveries
Behind the Iron Curtain (1973).
These authors state that experiments in Russia using sensitive
electronic equipment are detecting that all living things
— plants, animals and humans — not only have
a physical body made of atoms and molecules but also a counterpart
body of energy which the Russians are photographing and
calling 'the biological plasma body'. Interestingly the
Russians have corroborated the claim of clairvoyants that
if a human being loses a finger or an arm or a leg the counterpart
body remains whole — a kind of 'ghost' of the missing
limb (Ostrander and Schroeder 1973: 223).
Measuring psychic temperature
Another most impressive experiment included in Carrington's
book (1973) was the endeavor to produce objective, scientific
evidence for the many claims made by mediums that a 'cold
breeze' settles whenever they detect intelligences in the
vicinity and when they are entering a trance. For a long
time, the claim by mediums had to be subjectively accepted
until science was used to show that the change in temperature
could be objectively measured:
A thermometer ... was enclosed in a cage of wire netting,
and fastened to a beam on the wall by means of screws. The
clockwork was set going just before the seance commenced,
and of course it began registering the heat of the room.
In the seance that followed, a number of extraordinary physical
phenomena were noted, among them complete liftings or levitations
of the table. Coinciding with these manifestations, the
thermometer showed instantaneous drops in temperature of
ten, fifteen and up to twenty degrees Fahrenheit. And these
drops only took a second or two to bring about, and they
coincided exactly with the psychic phenomenon taking place
elsewhere in the same room. Thus, science was able to measure
another remarkable effect. (Carrington 1973: 57).
The object of the experiment was to prove conclusively that
a new force unknown to science was being employed under
conditions that permitted no conceivable form of fraud or
trickery (1973: 57).
In another series of laboratory experiments the experimenters
moved away from physical to psychological testing. This
involved the participation of one of the most successful
American mediums ever, Mrs Garrett, who according to Carrington
submitted herself to all kinds of scientific investigations.
She was tested by leading universities and scientific groups
in Europe and America.
Mrs Garrett as a medium stated that she had a regular control,
a spirit or intelligence by the name of Urvani who would
speak through her while she was in trance. The experimenters
decided to use a word association test devised by Dr Carl
Jung from Zurich to test whether Urvani was really a separate
entity from Mrs Garrett. It was decided to give Mrs Garrett
the test when she was NOT in trance and to give her control,
Urvani, a word association test when Mrs Garrett WAS in
Professional psychologists and psychiatrists attest that
the subject cannot maintain fraud for any length of time
using a word association test of 100 words where the response
time to a word is measured in tenths of a second. Any inconsistency
and hesitation is noticed immediately. This being so, it
was arranged that Urvani would himself take the test and
bring in another seven intelligences from the afterlife
to also participate.
The results showed conclusively that the word associations
of Mrs Garrett when not in trance and of Urvani and the
seven other entities were all radically different and that
it was NOT possible for the information transmitted to have
come from one person, from one mind (Carrington 1973:59).
These results correspond with the evidence that we survive
physical death and that our personality, our mind, our character
survive with us.
Voice machine analysis
The independence of the entities speaking through a medium
was also given corroboration by a totally independent scientific
investigation of a most gifted Australian medium, Shirley
Bray. The voices of three intelligences which regularly
manifest through her were tape recorded. These taped voices
were then put through a very high tech voice machine, the
same one which was used by the British police in the investigation
of the serial killer, the Yorkshire Ripper.
The voice machine can measure variables such as pace, rhythm,
accents etc. The machine showed that all taped voices from
the medium Shirley Bray were those of totally different
individuals. Scientists stated in unequivocal terms that
because the machine registers the person's breathing pattern
while speaking it would not have been possible for one person
to produce the three voices on the tape. This is because
the voice pattern-vibration for each individual is just
like a fingerprint — different from person to person
American Professor Charles H. Hapgood, reports in his excellent
book, Voices of Spirit (1975) that he tested a
medium to see if the electroencephalograph (EEG) of the
medium Elwood Babbitt when out of trance would be different
from when the medium's mind was allegedly taken over and
controlled by intelligences from the afterlife.
Hapgood took EEGs of Babbitt while three different intelligences
were allegedly in control of the medium. The EEGs of each
of the three were found to be completely different from
each other and from the EEG of Babbitt not in trance. An
EEG expert, Dr Bridge, noticed that the EEG's were characteristic
of people of different physical age and could not belong
to the one person. Hapgood reproduces the EEG diagrams in
his book (1975: 224-227).
These are only a few of a huge number of experiments which
together comprise a substantial body of evidence.
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