Myers coined the term " telepathy ", and he is most well known for his book Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death , written in and published posthumously in The book attempted to analyze abnormal psychological phenomena, and allegedly "supernormal" phenomena, and tie all of this together in an attempt to prove the human soul. He was influenced by, and influenced William James,   and William McDougall thought positively of his work. Sir Edmund Hornby was a very grand figure indeed. And what a case! His customary practice was, the night before he gave written judgments in court, to brief favored journalists on his verdict, so they could catch the morning press.
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Myers coined the term " telepathy ", and he is most well known for his book Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death , written in and published posthumously in The book attempted to analyze abnormal psychological phenomena, and allegedly "supernormal" phenomena, and tie all of this together in an attempt to prove the human soul. He was influenced by, and influenced William James,   and William McDougall thought positively of his work. Sir Edmund Hornby was a very grand figure indeed.
And what a case! His customary practice was, the night before he gave written judgments in court, to brief favored journalists on his verdict, so they could catch the morning press. On one occasion he was awoken, he stated just after one in the morning, by a journalist asking for his judgement. Sir Edmund, though enraged, gave him the report verbally. The journalist said this would be the last time they met. Lady Hornby, aroused by the noise, was told by the judge what had happened.
She later confirmed this. The following day it was found that the reporter had been working on this very story at the time of his death, which was about the time Hornby had seen him in his bedroom.
This story was one of the more vivid tales in the May and July editions of the Nineteenth Century which eventually reached Shanghai. Gurney had to withdraw the case and make a grovelling apology for not seeking corroborating evidence, which he should have done by searching "the files of Chinese newspapers at the British Museum" Gurney a: Hornby, however, refused to retract his testimony.
One explanation, of course, is that it was a particularly vivid dream. Another, more piquant one, is that Hornby was in bed with his future wife before they were legally married and that the incident occurred broadly as he reported it Lambert But bluntly, whatever the case, Gurney should not have accepted his word — just because he was a senior judge — without searching for corroborative evidence, as he had done in other cases.
However, while Smith denied it, Blackburn later confessed to fraud. The control of Piper mentioned names, but according to Darwin "not a single name or person was given correctly, although perhaps nine of ten were named.
The philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce entered into a dispute with Gurney and Myers when he attacked the fundamental validity of the text, arguing that it was merely a collection of anecdotes and stories of unanalyzed phenomena, and that no scientific conclusion could be reached from it.
According to Innes the alleged sightings of apparitions were unreliable as they rested upon the memory of the witnesses and no contemporary documents had been produced, even in cases where such documents were alleged to exist. But Myers, among others, had no such intention and cherished no such illusion.
He knew that the primary aim of the Society was not objective experimentation but the establishment of telepathy. To understand why this was so it is necessary to realize the position in which so many educated and intelligent people found themselves during the s and later in Victorian England.
With the emergence of new scientific concepts touching the origin of man and his place in the universe, the very foundations of their religious beliefs began to give way. I myself am a Victorian, and I saw it happen in my own family. Swept hither and thither in the eddying currents of increasing unbelief, they looked about for straws to clutch at, straws that would do violence neither to their intelligence nor to their integrity.
Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic, Barry Wiley. McFarland, Prometheus Books,
F. W. H. Myers
Grole The Search for Psychic Power. Writings of Charles S. English literature, the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles including Ireland from the 7th century to the present day. Views Read Edit View history. Frederic William Henry Myers was a classicist, poet, parapsychologist and a founding member of the Society for Psychical Research.
Frederic W. H. Myers
Psychical researcher , writer Frederic William Henry Myers 6 February — 17 January was a poet, classicist, philologist , and a founder of the Society for Psychical Research. Arthur Thomas Myers — His maternal grandfather was the wealthy industrialist John Marshall — In be became an Inspector of schools. He also wrote books of literary criticism, in particular Wordsworth and Essays, Classical and Modern in two volumes, , which included an essay on Virgil. These would seem to have been mainly homosexual in his youth, but in later life he was said to be wholly heterosexual.
Frederic WH Myers
By the time Myers was twenty-two he had achieved two first class degrees, in classics and moral science, as well as a glittering array of university prizes and a fellowship at his college. He was obliged to return one of the prizes, the Camden medal, following accusations of plagiarism, although it has since been argued that these were based on a misinterpretation of his motives. A seminal event was his passionate, though platonic, relationship with Annie Marshall, who was married to a cousin of his, and who committed suicide in In Myers married Eveleen Tennant, a much admired beauty and the daughter of the society hostess Gertrude Tennant. Myers possessed a strong social conscience in certain matters.