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The Supposed Dowsing Faculty

Nature volume 57, page 80 | Download Citation



AT the head of Prof. Barrett's memoir is the following quotation from Mr. Andrew Lang: “There are two ways of investigating the facts or fancies about the divining rod. One is to examine it in its actual operation—a task of considerable labour, which will doubtless be undertaken by the Society for Psychical Research; the other, and easier way, is to study the appearances of the divining wand in history.” This naturally led me to think that Prof. Barrett intended to treat the subject as, in the main, a matter for personal investigation. He now claims, however, “to take the place of a judge in a court of inquiry.” I therefore withdraw the term “hearsay” applied to the bulk of the evidence he has so laboriously collected, and will accept his own view of his position.

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