We anticipate that this article will create a sensation in
scientific circles, as well as with laymen, and we present it for
what it is worth. We have not made any of Dr. Abrams' tests, and we
print the article with an open mind, neither endorsing nor
condemning it. We say with Shakespeare: "THERE ARE MORE THINGS IN
HEAVEN AND EARTH, HORATIO, THAN ARE DREAMT OF IN YOUR PHILOSOPHY."
Dr. Abrams is well known as a scientist; he has made this
interesting subject his life work, and his views are endorsed by
many prominent doctors and scientists. He is the author of numerous
works, amongst them an elaborate book: "New Concepts in Diagnosis
and Treatment." Will our readers please advise us should they be
successful with Dr. Abrams' experiments? -The Editors.
Popular Demonstration of Thought-Transference and Other
By ALBERT ABRAMS, A. M., M. D., LL. D.
DETAILED reference to this subject- matter may be found in my book,
"New Concepts in Diagnosis AND Treatment" where attention was first
directed to the demonstration of these phenomena by apparatus not
available to the laity. Telepathy is in disrepute and the
scientifically minded psychologist doesn't believe it. Science
demands that phenomena should be objective, capable of reproduction
at all times and demonstrable by instruments" of precision.
The simple scientific method which I shall present shows that
spiritistic phenomena are independent of disembodied spirits and
referable to human energy : that it will serve as a means of
disocculting the occult and will enlist the genius of the multitude
in corroborating my original investigations.
Telepathy. - Derived from tele, at a distance and pathos, feeling,
it signifies that one mind (agent) can influence another mind
(percipient) without the agency of the recognized organs of sense.
Brain-Waves are an actuality and like light and the impulses of
"wireless" are conveyed by the ether.
The Electron Theory shows that the ultimate constituents of matter
are electrons or charges of electricity and that Radio-Activity is
dependent on ethereal disturbances by a change in motions of the
Animal Reflexes. - When the pupil of the eye contracts to light it
is a Reflex and involuntary. The reflexes surpass in sensitivity
any instrument devised by science and show that Radiation is a
universal property of matter. The perceptive structure of the eye
(Retina) is 3,000 times as sensitive as the most rapid photographic
plate and the nerve of vision (optic), 2/5 of an inch in diameter
contains 500,000 to 800,000 insulated fibers.
The electro-magnetic waves in "wireless" demand an exciter, but the
sensitive human reflexes first utilized by the writer in detecting
energy make an exciter unnecessary: the revolutions of the
electrons alone substitute the exciter.
The Heart. - The writer employs this muscular organ among other
reflexes for converting energy waves into a sensible form. It is
coincidently a receiving station and also a detector of etheric
Technique. - The percipient must have a regular and comparatively
large pulse and must be seated in a comfortable chair facing the
geographical West Colored wearing apparel must be avoided by agent
and percipient : the latter's eyes must be closed to avoid
distraction, breathing regular and mind abstracted during all
observations. Experiments should be executed primarily in daylight.
All reference to the pulse, refers to the movements of the straw
connected to the percipient's pulse. Find the latter (Fig. 1) and
indicate its location with a pencil.
Cut a very small piece of adhesive plaster and roll it so that the
roll presents an adhesive surface on both sides.
Fig. 1.- X indicates the site of the wrist pulse.
Fix it parallel to the pulse. To the plaster attach one end of a
very fine straw (from a broom), 6 1/2 inches long. Place the straw
at an angle so that it will approximate a sheet of ruled paper
Fig. 2.-Position of arm with straw attached to the pulse.
Observe the swing of the straw directly or as a shadow. In the
latter event, if the light is from the South use the right and if
from the North, the left pulse.
Note that the greatest amplitude of the straw is secured by the arm
resting comfortably on a book or cushion with the hand dependent
from the side of the table (Fig. 2).
Experiment I.- Solving the mystery of mind acting upon mind by
brain waves traversing the ether.
Prove that the brain wave-theory is correct despite the fact that,
telepathic effects unlike other forms of radiant energy do not vary
in intensity according to distance. The moment a person (agent)
Wills Forcibly (not mere thought) there is a slight hesitancy or
retardation of the straw. Close observation shows a slight extra
kick of the latter followed by a transitory stop (inhibition). Each
time the agent wills in the direction of the percipient
(irrespective of distance), the pulse effects may be noted.
Before each act of willing by the agent, at least 10 seconds must
elapse to permit the percipient's heart to recover from the excited
reflex. The latter is easily exhausted by too much experimentation
on the same subject. If several persons are present, their minds
should be passive so that the waves from the agent alone will act.
Note by the effects on the pulse that some are able to will more
forcibly than others.
To note the action on the pulse over a great distance, suspend a
coil of wire from a room fixture (aerial) and to the latter connect
a wire (see experiment III and Fig. 3) with the pit of the stomach
of percipient (over the clothing). If the agent executes willing at
a distance (in the percipient's direction) the latter may be
informed over the telephone the moment he wills by another who
announces the fact the moment the pulse of the percipient is
I have successfully conducted this interesting experiment at a
distance of 41 miles.
Experiment II. - Showing the effects of concentrated thought. When
sudden concentrated thought (arithmetical problem) is executed,
some agents may influence the pulse but all may do so if Red
Material is placed on the agent's head.
Note the influence of different colors on intense thought or
willing by the agent. Red and Yellow increase and Purple decreases
the effects on the pulse.
Experiment III. - Showing that concentration of the mind is
literally true. To prove this brain focusing, let the agent
concentrate the mind on one of several wooden or paper objects in
the room. One end of a wire* (A) is connected with the percipient
and aerial and another wire (B) is connected to the aerial (Fig.
Fig. 3.- Showing connections of wires A and B. A, is connected to
aerial and stomach of percipient and B, to aerial with one end for
touching objects or for use in studying gravitational energy. Wires
may be hooked directly to a fixture.
An independent person now touches with the other end of wire B, the
several objects in succession. The moment the object on which the
agent has concentrated is touched, the effect on the pulse may be
noted. Permit the wire to remain in contact with each object for
Experiment IV. - Proving that good thinkers use two sides of the
brain and that ordinary thinkers use only one side. Genius is a
matter of bicerebration. Use two wires as in experiment III. While
the agent is engaged in some mental arithmetical problem (addition
or multiplication), an independent person places one end of the (B)
wire in contact with one side of his head (5 inches) directly above
the extreme upper end of the ear). If there is no pulse response
try the other side. Note that, in the good thinker, there is a
pulse response from both sides of the head whereas in the ordinary
thinker, the response is from one side only.
Experiment V. -It is said that the secret of gravitation is the
greatest problem still unsolved. Prove the correctness of the
author's theory, vis., that, A gravitation is an electrical
attraction and that the ether is in itself an electrical charge of
positive and negative electricity; that B the ether's composition
is derived from the radioactivity of all substances in the
Use two wires as in experiment III. Place wire B on the floor and
note each time a heavy body is raised, the effect may be noted on
the pulse. The shearing of the ether's electricity into positive
and negative may be demonstrated by bringing the end of wire A in
contact with the Vagus Nerve (instead of pit of stomach) as in
Note that, by the latter maneuver, at the center of gravity of the
raised object, the electricity is negative and positive, on either
side of the gravitational center.
Experiment VI. - Showing that personal magnetism has a literal
significance. That radiations are constantly emanating from our
bodies and that temperamental individuals discharge radiations of
great intensity. That the "laying on of hands" in the cure of
disease is not mythical. That telekinesis (movements of objects
without contact with the mover) is a reality. That the effects of
human energy may be exerted at a greater distance in a dark than in
a light room. The latter fact explains why in materialization, a
dark seance room is demanded for better propitiation of the
Prove that telekinetic and kindred phenomena are dependent on a
compound of the elementary consciousness of the "sitters"; each
sitter enters as a dynamogenic element (production of nerve force)
in the production of energy.
Approach the percipient with the extended fingers of one hand
directed toward the pit of the stomach. Note the retardation of the
pulse. Note that temperamental persons can exert this action at a
great distance whereas others can only do so when the finger tips
are almost in contact with the pit of the stomach of the
Note that when the finger tips of both hands are extended at the
latter site, no effect on the pulse can be noted until one hand is
removed. The human is essentially a battery, from the finger tips
of one hand positive electricity is discharged and from the other
hand, negative electricity. One electricity neutralizes the other
and there is no energy evolved until one hand is removed.
The radiations from the hand cause a contraction of the heart
(reflex) which is practically telekinesis on a small scale. Note
that, with subdued light the energy from the finger tips, has a
more accentuated action on the pulse at a further distance than in
Man is a transformer of energy which he receives from his
environment. Note that the pulse effects are greater after exposure
of your body to an intense light or a current of electricity than
Note that when several persons grasp hands and one of the persons
presents the fingers of his disengaged hand at the pit of the
stomach of the percipient a greater affect is noted.
Experiment VII. - Showing that polarity is not the "exclusive"
prerogative of magnetic materials. On either side of the wind-pipe
in the neck, (Fig. 4) are the right and left pneumogastric nerves.
When these nerves are stimulated, the needle movements show less
amplitude and when they are deprest the movements show greater
Fig. 4.- Lines indicating the site of the right and left
pneumogastric nerves. Take a bar-magnet (held at end with fingers
at right angles and directed at a right angle) and note the
following effects on the amplitude of the needle:
Right Pneimiogastric Nerve
Positive pole (N)
Negative pole (-)
Left Pneumogastric Nerve
Right Pneiunogastric Nerve
pole Decreases amplitude
pole Increases amplitude
Left Pneumogastric Nerve
Note that the foregoing refers only to the normal male and female.
If, in a male or female, the polarity is reversed, the male would
react like a female and vice versa. Sexual inclination is a matter
of polarity and its determination may thus be demonstrated.
A mistake in your deduction is a serious matter. Note that the
extended finger tips of the right hand of a normal male directed to
the pneumogastric nerves act like the positive pole of a bar-magnet
whereas the fingers of the left hand act like the negative pole of
a like magnet. The opposite holds good in a normal female.
Note that Yellow Material on the head or body of a normal male or
female will reverse the polarity of their finger tips. That is, the
male will show female and the female, male polarity.
Color may thus influence sex tendencies. Show effects with the
positive or negative end of any dry cell like with the magnet.
Many other interesting experiments will suggest themselves to the
Remember, however, that the most mystifying phenomena rest upon the
least complex causes; and the simpler a thing is, the harder it is
to understand. Observe all the details as suggested. To demonstrate
phenomena which have heretofore baffled the scientific world is at
least worthy of patience.
* With all experiments with wires A and B, the latter should be
insulated, excepting at the ends in contact with aerial and pit of
the stomach of percipient. It can be fixed to the latter with a
cord (over clothes), fastened to the skin with plaster or held by
an assistant in such a way (also wire B) that the insulated portion
of the wire is grasped with the finger ends directed away from the
pit of the stomach (Fig. 3)
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