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The cross-correspondences
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A new 300-page book has just been published on this extended experiment on mediumistic communication, carried out by members of the SPR a century ago:
Trevor Hamilton, "Arthur Balfour's Ghosts: An Edwardian Elite and the Riddle of the Cross-Correspondence Automatic Writings"
http://books.imprint.co.uk/book/?gcoi=71157100349240

It has been reviewed by Donald West for the SPR, who describes it as the most detailed history of the cross-correspondences available, though West's final verdict on the experiment is negative:
"In this reviewer’s opinion, the Hamilton study points to the cross correspondences project having failed to generate any advance in knowledge about psi. Had the investigators been more proactive in guiding their ‘communicators’ to more precise tasks, the results might have been different. ... The heritage of the all the endeavours devoted to these cross correspondences is a collection of historic material open to endless and unproductive dispute."
https://www.spr.ac.uk/book-review/arthur...c-writings
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"a collection of historic material open to endless and unproductive dispute"

- that could be a fair description of the entire history of the world, past, present and future. But does that assessment actually mean anything or is it mere empty rhetoric?
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(01-02-2018, 02:22 PM)Typoz Wrote: "a collection of historic material open to endless and unproductive dispute"

- that could be a fair description of the entire history of the world, past, present and future. But does that assessment actually mean anything or is it mere empty rhetoric?

It sounds sophisticated. Bells and whistles have always been used to sell, supposedly by impressing the less intelligent.
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(01-02-2018, 02:22 PM)Typoz Wrote: - that could be a fair description of the entire history of the world, past, present and future. But does that assessment actually mean anything or is it mere empty rhetoric?

Based on what I've read elsewhere about the cross-correspondences, I think it's fair to say that evaluating their significance does depend largely on subjective interpretation, often of a very arcane kind. More so than any other parapsychology experiment I can think of.
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(01-02-2018, 03:50 PM)Chris Wrote: Based on what I've read elsewhere about the cross-correspondences, I think it's fair to say that evaluating their significance does depend largely on subjective interpretation, often of a very arcane kind. More so than any other parapsychology experiment I can think of.

Archie Roy wrote a very comprehensive study of them https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eager-Dead-Arch...1846241839.

I read the book (and others), which makes detailed references to them and to be honest found it all a bit hard to gauge. I can’t say it they struck me as a clear and shining source of survival evidence - that doesn’t mean they aren’t of course, but I felt like it was a lot of effort to read with not much to show for it at the end. That could of course be more a reflection of my own meagre intellect.
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(01-02-2018, 04:56 PM)Obiwan Wrote: Archie Roy wrote a very comprehensive study of them https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eager-Dead-Arch...1846241839.

I read the book (and others), which makes detailed references to them and to be honest found it all a bit hard to gauge. I can’t say it they struck me as a clear and shining source of survival evidence - that doesn’t mean they aren’t of course, but I felt like it was a lot of effort to read with not much to show for it at the end. That could of course be more a reflection of my own meagre intellect.

Yes, I think it is hard to gauge, partly because a huge amount of material was generated, so a fair number of correspondences would be expected to arise by chance.

I must admit I didn't get very far into Archie Roy's book, though I have read W. H. Salter's account of the cross-correspondences, in his 1961 book "Zoar", which is available online for those who are interested:
https://www.survivalafterdeath.info/libr...ntents.htm
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