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Stevenson suggests that the phenomena of thought-reading and clairvoyance have not been accounted for philosophically. He discusses 'mesmeric sleep', caused by acting upon the 'nervous fluid', which he posits is either electric matteror a modification of such matter.

Subject: Extrasensory perception / Parapsychology

Written by Stevenson in Clifton [England].

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17 April 1849
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4 pages

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William Ford Stevenson

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William Ford Stevenson, Unpublished paper, 'Mesmeric phenomena: thought-reading and clairvoyance' by W F [William Ford] Stevenson, 17 April 1849, AP/31/15, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 24 July 2024

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