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Author Sylvia Fraser* has good reason to know the truth of the Albert Einstein quotation with which she begins this ebook about parapsychology (borrow or buy below): “The Universe is stranger than we imagine.” Her long life has been filled with episodes of “telepathy, disconcerting webs of coincidence, premonitions, dreams of prophecy — subtle yet powerful, enriching and unnerving.”
Personal Quest for the Truth of Parapsychology
In The Quest for the Fourth Monkey, she uses her nonconforming experiences as springboards to explore the nature of the human psyche and of the universe. She investigates the history and ideas of a multitude of experiences that are denied by conventional reality.
On the radio of my natal home sat a statue of three squatting monkeys — See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil. In the original symbol, imported from India, four monkeys sat side by side. The fourth was lopped off when that statue was imported as a trinket by Victorian society. The fourth monkey had its hands over its genitals. By eliminating the fourth monkey, Victorian society did not eliminate sex but only public acknowledgment of it. The missing monkey fell into the unconscious, where it acquired almost unlimited psychic power, visible only through its mysterious and distorting effects. The fourth monkey — whose name was never spoken aloud — was the true ruler of the psychic life of my family and probably of Victorian society.
Everyone has a fourth monkey-on-the-back, as does every family, institution and society. The fourth monkey represents that which we repress out of ignorance or convenience or fear, exaggerating its power to help or to harm.
The author’s attitude is always open-minded — she clearly wants to know the truth, not prove some predetermined conclusion. But the fact that she has experienced things that are said not to exist has, as she said, caused her to emphasize ‘the psychic viewpoint over the materialistic viewpoint because that is the one that has been so grossly underrepresented in Western society for the past three hundred years. However, since both have persisted in the face of relentless persecution, both must be important to the human race.”
The Ideas of Great Thinkers and Scientists Regarding Parapsychology
Fraser’s exploration of the human psyche takes her on an in-depth tour of the history of psychic healing, telepathy, extraordinary dreams, and the self. In her investigation of the concept of the fourth monkey — the unseen, the unacknowledged — as it relates to the universe, she studies prophecy, reincarnation, possession, and spiritualism “within a framework of ancient thought, tribal wisdom and modern physics”. She also devotes chapters to precognition, coincidence, ghosts, and “soulful journeys”.
The book is rich in details and anecdotes, covering a wide range of relevant events and information, and looking into the minds of great thinkers and scientists, from Aristotle to Zukav, all carefully annotated and with an intriguing bibliography.
Even when celebrating its heroes, Western society has often toasted only half a brain. Ironically, materialists forged their clockwork Universe in the name of Sir Isaac Newton, a devout Christian, a practicing occultist and a fervent alchemist…. Having squeezed most of his scientific discoveries into what he described as “the two plague years,” Newton gave himself over to what he really wanted to be: a magician.
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