Crookes (kr¢ks), Sir
British chemist and physicist who discovered thallium (1861), invented the radiometer (1875), and studied cathode rays.
Crookes, Sir William
Crookes, Sir William (1832-1919), British chemist and physicist, born in London. His most important work was in the investigation of the conduction of electricity in gases. He developed the Crookes tube and in it produced cathode rays for the first time. Crookes conducted research in a number of fields; his achievements include discovering the element thallium and developing a sodium amalgamation process for the separation of silver and gold from their ores.
Sir William Crookes, inventor of the X-ray cathode
tube, was one of the founders of the English Society for Psychical Research,
created to explore the burgeoning 'spiritualist' movement of the late 1800s.)
From: Rex Ballard (rb@cci632.UUCP)
Subject: An observable experiment in PSI (Re: Randi etc.
Date: 1986-08-02 12:01:07 PST
In article <1071@utastro.UUCP> bill@utastro.UUCP (William H. Jefferys) writes:
>Are you aware that Sir William Crookes (who believed
in psi) and
>Rhine each attempted many experiments of this type to find such
>effects, with no success whatsoever? Crookes did his experiments
>in the nineteenth century, so this idea is hardly new. One wonders
>why Rhine could get PK from dice rolls but not from delicately
>suspended magnetic needles.
Just to be fair, but discounting Rhine's "dice statistics", Crookes didn't have equipment capable of measuring nanovolts of energy, 100Ghz frequencies, and microgauss of magnetic energy.
Calulate the "resonant frequency" of a nerve cell. It appears to be somewhere in the nanometer range. It also appears to be electro-chemical rather than simple electromagnetic or photon emission/reception.
It is interesting to note that the Egyptians made a very elaborate science of collecting, storing, and discharging large amounts of "static electricity". Supposedly, a concentrated, ionized "field" would enhance the "psychic ability" of their priests.
An example of this technology is the "ark of the covenent and tabernacle" described in the book of exodus. Or the rituals described in the "book of the dead".
20th century science has done very little research into this type of technology, preferring electromagnetic and electronic research. We may need to "rediscover" this ancient technology. At the very least, it could be enlightening.
I would guess that the "light bending" experiment
actually has a normal scientific explanation, and would probably provide
a groundwork for some "Real" PSI research.