1896 - SCIENTIFIC DEMONSTRATION OF FUTURE LIFE - Thomas J. Hudson - PSYCHIC LAWS
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons, London (1896)
Scarce edition from 1896, in well preserved condition. Dark red boards with gilt title (etc.) on spine; 326 pages. The boards and binding are solid and tight with minimal shelfwear. The pages are crisp and clean save for note on the first blank page and previous owner's name on the top of the second and title pages. Thebook is a comprehensive scientific investigation including topics on:
- Psychic Abilities and Development of,
- Examination of the Different Types of Spiritual Phenomena
- The Unscientific Attitude of Spirits
- Why Cannot Spirits Communicate with the Living
- A Psychic Basis for Immortality,
- Telepathy as a Means of Communication in the
- Spiritism as a Step in the Process of Evolution
- Spiritism in early Christian Antiquity
- Revelations of Science into the Concept of Jesus
- Thunder Considered as a Voice of an Angry God
- Concept of "Man Having a Soul"
- The Kinetic Force of the Soul
- The Human Brain and Suggestion
- The Human Brain Not the Sole Organ of the Mind
- The Development of the Animal Brain
- Necessity for Limiting the Suggestive Power of the Human Mind
- Danger Attending Psychic Activity
Thomson Jay Hudson (February 22, 1834 - May 26, 1903) — born in Windham, Ohio and died in Detroit, Michigan — known for his three laws of psychic phenomena, which were first published in 1893. Thomson Jay Hudson began observing hypnotism shows and noticed similarities between hypnosis subjects and the trances of Spiritualist mediums. His idea was that any contact with "spirits" was contact with the medium's or the subject's own subconscious. Anything else could be explained by telepathy, which he defined as contact between two or more subconsciouses. Hudson postulated that his theory could explain all forms of spiritualism and had a period of popularity until the carnage of the First World War caused a fresh interest in spiritualism again as psychic mediums emerged to meet the demands of grieving relatives. Hudson spoke of an "objective mind" and a "subjective mind"; and, as he further explained, his theoretical position was that our "mental organization" was such that it seemed as if we had "two minds, each endowed with separate and distinct attributes and powers; each capable, under certain conditions, of independent action"; and, for explanatory purposes, it was entirely irrelevant, argued Hudson, whether we actually had "two distinct minds", whether we only seemed to be "endowed with a dual mental organization", or whether we actually had "one mind [possessed of] certain attributes and powers under some conditions, and certain other attributes and powers under other conditions."
Hudson's Three Laws
Man has two minds: the objective mind (conscious) and the subjective mind (subconscious).
The subjective mind is constantly amenable to control by suggestion.
The subjective mind is incapable of inductive reasoning.