About The History Of Telepathy

History Of Telepathy

The first steps that contributed to the history of telepathy were given by the Egyptian civilization in 2000 B.C. The oldest dream book, the Egyptian papyrus of Deral- Madineh contains examples of divine revelation. They practiced dream incubation which would transmit messages carried by homeless spirits from one person to another. These were the first signals of telepathic communication in the history of civilization.
Later in 460 – 370 B.C, the ancient greek pre-socratic philosopher Democritus started the first physical theory of dream telepathy. The history of telepathy began to enlist the help of science for more explanations. The philosopher’s thesis held that everything is composed of atoms which are constantly sending images of themselves. These images projected by living beings, when emotionally charged could be transmitted to another person while dreaming.
The studies that contributed to the history of telepathy continued to win followers in the whole world. Eminent thinkers like H.M Weserman (1819), who published the first report on experiments with telepathically induced dreams, and Frederic W. H. Myers one of the founders of Society of Psychical Research (1882), started to support important research in the area to understand cases and abilities described as psychic or paranormal.
The Society of Psychical Research (SPR) played a key role in the history of telepathy. It developed studies of cases commonly described as psychic or paranormal. The founders of this non-profit organization, E. Gurney, F. W. H. Myers, and F. Podmore published in 1886 one of the most important work of their careers, the Phantasms of the Living, a two-volume work that introduced the term “telepathy” to the world, replacing the older term “thought transference”. The book contains cases and histories of dream telepathy. “The extrasensory communication of impressions of any kind from one mind to another” was how Frederic W. H. Myers defined “telepathy” in the book.
Another work that influenced the history of telepathy was “Mental Radio” published in 1930 by Upton Sinclair which paint Sinclair’s test of psychic abilities in his wife, Mary Craig Sinclair. She duplicated 65 of 290 sketches made by her husband and others even when they were separated by a several miles. The experiments were considered informal because were not conducted in scientific laboratory controlled environment and was an experiment developed between people linked affectively.
Joseph Banks Rhine was an American researcher, a pioneer in the development of scientific research in parapsychology who played a major role in the experiments of telepathy. In 1930 he started to use a rigorous and systematic experimental created by himself, called ESP Cards of Karl Zener (see also Zener Cards). With his associates at Duke University, Rhine cautiously evaluated the results obtained in their research and in 1934 published the work which was the culmination of his career. “Extrasensory Perception” was a work which had several editions and was widely read in the following decades.
J. B. Rhine also made other remarkable discoveries through his experiments with Zener cards contributing crucially to the history of telepathy. He concluded that determine whether the information was passed by telepathy, clairvoyance, or precognitive clairvoyance was, for the most part, very difficult and also concluded that, even if showing different ways, telepathy and clairvoyance has the same psychic function. Rhide completed his findings by saying that distance and obstacles between the transmitter and the receiver does not affect or prevent telepathy of happen.

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