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Mental Radio (Studies in Consciousness) Paperback – February 1, 2001
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Sinclair's own wife, Mary Craig Kimbrough, claimed to have "mind reading" or telepathic abilities, and asked Sinclair to help her better understand these abilities. He devised a fascinating series of 300 tests that incontrovertibly proved the reality of telepathy while revealing the vast, untold powers of the mind.
In one room, Sinclair would make a drawing and place it into a sealed enevelope, while in another, Mary would "tune in," retrieve the image, and make her own copy. Or she would record a telepathic message sent from someone far away. Her accuracy rate was astonishing, leaving no room for random chance as an explanation, as they continued to collect scientific data over three years.
In "Mental Radio," Sinclair describes remarkable experiments, comparing telepathy to radio broadcasting, with one brain sending out a "virbration" and another picking it up. The results convinced Sinclair that telepathy is real, that it is unaffected by distance, that it can be culitvated, trained and - most importantly - can be verified and studied scientifically.
For the first time in many years, here is the complete text of "Mental Radio," including Mary Craig Kimbrough's well tested instructions on how to learn the "art of conscious mind-reading." Here is the classic book that impressed Albert Einstein who, in his preface to "Mental Radio," praises Sinclair for being a conscientious observer and writer and for his good faith and dependability in reporting paranormal research. William McDougall, known as the "Dean of American Psychology" at the time, was so inspired by the Sinclair's work that he established the parapsychology department at Duke University, which went on to become, for a time, the country's premier paranormal research institution.
Upton Sinclairs "Mental Radio" is the first release in Hampton Roads' new "Classic in Consciouness Series."
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The book is essentially a description of a large number of experiments done in the areas of mental telepathy and remote reviewing, broken down into sets or groups of sessions. The author tends to bend over backwards to convince the public of the sincere intentions of all involved in these tests - mostly his wife, himself, his secretary, brother-in-law and several friends and associates.
The information is presented in a very frank and accessible manner, without a lot of protocol and formality, because the tests were being carried out by non-scientists who were just trying to be as diligent as possible. This in turn makes for easy reading by the layman.
Chapter 21 is a verbatim account by Sinclair's wife (whom he calls by her middle name, Craig). It is both a handbook of her methodologies and a fascinating insight into the way she theorizes the workings of the mind. This is very useful information for anyone wanting a "how to" for remote viewing or telepathic research and is a very simple sequence of instructions. Of course a great deal of practice would be necessary to achieve the necessary level of concentration required. But at least one can have a distinct roadmap to follow as opposed to a lot of vague references.
Prior to reading this book, Pulitzer prize winner Upton Sinclair was unknown to me, further emphasising my ignorance of early twentieth century literary and political movements.
This is not a scientific monologue, but is rather an almost homely account of amateurs making very careful exploration of telepathic and clairvoyant ability - with very impressive results.
Sinclair uses his significant literary skills to make this book an interesting description of his wife's experimentation with her telepathic abilities.
Mary Craig Sinclair and her husband Upton Sinclair used a basic protocol requiring that the two sat in separate rooms, When Upton was ready to start creating a target line drawing he would call "all right". When his wife had finished her drawings of what she perceived, she would call "All right". Usually the result was a pair of drawings, the target, and the attempted reproduction using telepathy. The attempt was then judged in its likeness to the target. What resulted where 290 trials, consisting of 65 (23%) successes, 155 (53%) partial successes and 70 (24%) failures.
The book contains 16 chapters describing the the motivation from which the experiment arose, and giving a number of examples of successes, partial successes, and other interesting anomalies. A summary of the receptive technique is given, with some closing comments. Originally published in 1930 this work is of such historical significance that it has recently (2001) been re-published as a part of Hampton Roads series Classics in Conciousness, edited by Russell Targ.Read more ›
Returning it and requesting a refund as it was literally worthless.
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item was exactly like the pictures show,delivery was excellent,and no problem with this seller. I will buy back if I need more of thisPublished 7 days ago by Alexander.L.
This is an important book. It is true and you can't turn it down or turn it off...Published 1 month ago by Kay F Gibbs
Four stars for the documentation of early remote viewing experiments, by 'Craig' Sinclair, Uptons wife. Read morePublished 7 months ago by t'mara
The book had numerous misprints where whole paragraphs of text were missing and it constantly makes references to drawings that are not even included in this printing at all. Read morePublished 15 months ago by William Tanner
Remember this is a reprint of a very notable publication by a renowned author. It describes the personal experiments about telepathy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Psychic
Oldie but a goodie!!!! Bought this for a friend and she is thoroughly enjoying it as well. It is straightforward and one can duplicate it.Published on October 18, 2013 by miamibsn
I was interested in Upton Sinclair's selections of "masterpieces of the literary giants" - and got a lot of ESP experiments, which I was not bargaining for... Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Denise Ambrozy
Upton Sinclair was best-known for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle; he wrote in the Foreword to this 1929 book, "I wrote the text of 'Mental Radio,' 1929, under [my wife's]... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Steven H Propp
This book had a huge impact when it was first published, and it is easy to see why. It is lucid, straightforward, brave and honest, and it tells a fascinating story of one woman's... Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by J. Carpenter