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Myers , the son of an English clergyman, was a classics scholar turned scientist by his interest in psychic phenomena and mediumship. An after-death communication from his first wife confirmed Myers' belief in the survival of human consciousness. In , he cofounded the Society for Psychical Research and was a major contributor to its success for the next twenty years.
Myers wrote Human Personality , the culmination of his research, at a time when scientific pioneering was proceeding toward materialism—when simply expressing the belief that man possesses a soul was a very daring act. Risking even more, Myers declared the soul able to survive the death of the body.
The object of his work was, in his mind, "to do what can be done to break down that artificial wall between science and superstition.
The task next incumbent on us therefore seemed plainly to be the collection and analysis of evidence of this and other types, pointing directly to the survival of man's spirit. From the Introduction, F.
During the brief history of scholarly writing on this subject, Frederic W. Myers' monumental study has often, and with justification, been referred to as a classic. Featured Books. You can purchase this book at Amazon. Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc. To contact Russell Targ, use the Contact Form.
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Frederic W. H. Myers
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F. W. H. Myers
Frederic William Henry Myers was a classicist, poet, parapsychologist and a founding member of the Society for Psychical Research. 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.