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  • Series: Studies in Consciousness
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571742352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571742353
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Upton Sinclair is primiarily known as the Pulitzer Prize- winning author of "The Jungle," "Oil," and "Dragon's Teeth," and as a fiery advocate of social justice and reform. Few know, however, of Sinclair's deep interest in, and connection to, psychic research.

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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Boatner on April 17, 2002
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Upton Sinclair took a considerable gamble by writing this book and had to withstand a good deal of criticism as a consequence of it. It was obvious, though, that he felt this was a story that needed to be told, and we should be glad he went through with his hunch.
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.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1998
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Author Upton Sinclair is ledgend. What is more complementary to the great authors saga is his soul mate and life's companion, wife Mary. A certain risk in Sinclair's time was the issue of "the occult". Even polite discussion or any association to the subject labeled it's members as outsiders or worse. So is the bravery and love that Upton and Mary Sinclair bring to the reader in enlightenment and discovery. That the "subject" of telepathy and precognitive ability is based intimatly between man and wife, it unfolds in a love story, bringing us closer to the heart and our minds deepest of mystery's. "Mental Radio" is a book of wonderment and love. The reader takes a glimpse into a couples quest to bring understanding to our lives and their discoverys. The book is justly prefaced by none other than Albert Einstien, May 23, 1930.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Goodwin on July 27, 2008
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Opening the book you cannot fail to be impressed by the name and words of Albert Einstein who wrote the preface.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank on February 6, 2013
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I have wanted to read this for a while and it may be fantastic. This printing however is incomplete and should be purchased by no one. The entire purpose of this book is to present the illustrations produced by Mrs Sinclair and describe the circumstances under which they where produced. From what I can tell there should be at least one hundred and forty four drawings and whoever printed this included zero. You basically have a bunch of captions minus the accompanying pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By qualityshopper on May 9, 2013
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This book...more of a pamphlet, actually, is a listing of experiments in telepathy, yet the book claims to be an anthology of modern classics by several different authors. It repeatedly refers to "figures" , presumably pictures to illustrate the example previously given, and then doesn't show a picture, just the word "fig. 1" and so on. Whomever published this was seriously impaired at the time, as it is nothing more than some notes gathered into a slim volume of nothing.
Returning it and requesting a refund as it was literally worthless.
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