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    AMONG the later discussions of the meeting no doubt that which has excited most general notice was the debate on Prof. Barrett's paper “On Certain Abnormal Conditions of Mind.” There can be little question that in one sense it dealt with subjects suitable for the department of Anthropology, and the scientific repute of Mr. Crookes, Mr. Wallace, Lord Rayleigh, and Prof. Barrett, necessitates the careful examination of anything they may bring forward. But it is doubtful whether the interests of science are best served by the introduction of subjects which are sure to provoke heated and unscientific discussion at a mixed meeting like that of the Association, Dr. McCann did not obtain very much favour for his ill-judged and extravagant scheme of endowed research which he propounded. A good suggestion was thrown out by one of the foreign visitors at the Lord Provost's spendid banquet to the principal members of the Association, in favour of close union and inter-communication between the British and similar Associations in other countries.

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    The British Association . Nature 14, 451–459 (1876).

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