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George Miller Beard

George Miller Beard

(Montville, Connecticut: May 8th, 1839 – New York City: January 23rd, 1883)

George Beard was an American neurologist.

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A New Theory of Trance and its bearing on Human Testimony by George Miller BeardBeard distinguished several varieties of trance:
Trance may, for the sake of convenience of description, be divided into four varieties: the spontaneous, the self-induced, the emotional, and the intellectual trance.
He goes on to describe how these various forms of trance can be entered and he explains that the emotions through which trance is most likely to be excited, are fear, reverence, wonder, and expectation. He rejects the notion that trance is created by some force or fluid the operator emits and rather explains it as the brain is only partially awake and active while the other...
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The Involuntary Life by George Miller BeardThe 'involuntary life' would today be described as trance or as a hypnotic state. Beard writes:
Every human being lives two lives, the voluntary, in which he acts more or less under the control of the will, and the involuntary, in which he acts automatically, and over which the will has but a limited power, or none at all. The acts of both the body and the mind, may be involuntary as will as voluntary, and in both body and mind, the two lives are constantly blended.
However, he was a skeptic when it came to the popular practices and explanations of these phenomena by the means of animal...
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Physiology of Mind-Reading by George Miller BeardThe type of 'mind-reading' George Beard means here is what we today call muscle-reading, which is a term that Beard himself coined. Beard describes several experiments he conducted and describes very clearly the physiology of muscle-reading, and that it is an involuntary muscle contraction that has nothing to do with animal magnetism or thought transference.

1st edition 1877; PDF 10 pages.

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