1925 __ Has radio any relation to the supernatural ?
‣ Comment : “It was in 1906 that Dr. Thomas Troward put forth the statement in his “Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science” that there is no such thing as time or space: that, as the smallest portion of the ether contains all the elements of the whole, then every portion of the whole is within this smallest portion. Therefore, the entire universe is in one place and every place at one and the same time. Thus, neither time nor space exists. This was, of course, long before the days of broadcasting, and the lectures aroused, except among those who had themselves gone deeply into the subject, the ridicule with which all new ideas are received. People thinking only on the surface interpreted Doctor Troward as saying that you did not have to cover any ground whatever to get from New York to China because there wasn't any ground. And so they went on. The simple fact was that Doctor Troward was anticipating radio. Had you asked him, "What is the difference in time between London and New York ?" he would have replied, "There is no difference, nor between any other two points in the world, no matter how far they are separated according to the estimate of the geographers." We know now that this is true, and has been true since ever the earth was formed. The fact that while it may be daylight in this country it is night in China has nothing to do with the matter as set forth by Doctor Troward. He deals with those elements outside of the material that control our lives, and over which we have practically no control, and, therefore, foolishly grope our way blindly among all the other blind. Years ago for it must have been quite a time before these Troward lectures were brought before the public, F. Marion Crawford wrote a novel called Mr. Isaacs, in which the scenes are largely laid in India, and the psychic powers of the Hindoos, figure in the story. One of the characters remarks quite casually to another that he saw a mutual friend of theirs in a town some one hundred miles distant from his home although he knew perfectly well that the friend was in his home. Marion Crawford states that long after this book was published, a woman asked him: "Why did you put such an absurd incident into a novel that, in the main, is plausible ?" Mr. Crawford replied that while he was in India he heard many such statements, and others that seemed even more impossible of belief. He asked the man who had seen his friend one hundred miles distant from where he was in the body, just what he meant. The Hindoo said, "But that is not unusual. By controlling vibrations one can project his personality through the ether to distant points." Radio is projecting personalities in the form of photographs to distant points, by a man- made machine. Perhaps the Hindoo was right and one's personality can be projected by a God-made machine, the mind. Impossible? Who can say that anything is impossible? According to Edward Jewett of Detroit, who talked in an interview on what the boys have done for radio, they do not know the word "Impossible." He said: "The boy mind grasps the theory of radio better than can the man mind because to the boy mind there are no inhibitions and impossibilities. Men, as they become men, learn that so many things, 'cannot be done.' The boy doesn't know that. So he goes ahead and does it. ... I asked one youngster what he did when he discovered that a thing could not be done. 'Find out how to do it,' was his prompt reply." (Perhaps by using this boy's method we may learn how to control vibrations with the mind so that we may be benefited by such control!) To revert to Mr. Jewett: "The youth grasps at the intangible far better than the grown person. He can see a thing that isn't there, and the minute that he sees it, then it is there. His imagination is neither tired nor spoiled. Boys think and say uncanny things. One remarked to me once, ' It's curious to know that every voice in all the world is here, now, in this very room, isn't it?' "You mean," I countered with the old man wisdom we are so likely to effect, "that it's here if we bring it here." "'No,' said he, 'it's here now if we will give it a fair chance to reproduce itself. If we don't hear it, that's our fault." And yet you may be sure that youth had not read Troward although he was stating the basic principle of his Edinburgh lectures. (“The Listeners’ Point of View”, conducted by Jennie Irene Mix, In “RADIO BROADCAST”, Vol. VII, no. 2, JUNE 1925, Garden City, N. Y., DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY, 1925, pp. 213-206)
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