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Mental Radio, by Upton Sinclair, [1930], at

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The border-line between successes and failures is not easy to determine. Bear in mind that we are not conducting a drawing class, nor making tests of my wife's eyesight: we are trying to ascertain whether there does pass from my mind to hers, or from my drawing to her mind, a recognizable impulse of some sort. So, if she gets the essential feature of the drawing, we are entitled to call it evidence of telepathy. I think the fan with "crumpled cloth" (fig. 102), and the umbrella handle that may be a "snake crawling out of something," but that "looks like a cat's tail" (fig. 122), and the screw that was called a "tower" (fig. 125)—all these are really successes. I will append a number of examples, about which there seems to me no room for dispute, and which I have called successes. The first is a sample of architecture (figs. 132, 132a):

Fig. 132, Fig. 132a

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And here is an hour-glass, with sand running through it. Not merely did Craig write "white sand," but she made the tree the same shape as the glass. I have turned the hour-glass upside down so that you can get the effect better. It should be obvious that "upside-downness" has nothing to do with these tests, as Craig is as apt to be holding a drawing one way as another (figs. 133, 133a):

Fig. 133, Fig. 133a

And these three circles, with comment: "Feel sure it is," written above the drawing (figs. 134, 134a):

Fig. 134, Fig. 134a

As to the next comment, "Trumpet flower," let me explain that we have them in our garden,

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whereas we do not have any musical trumpets or horns (figs. 135, 135a):

Fig. 135, Fig. 135a

This strange object from my pencil tried to be a conch-shell, but got a bad start, and was left unclassified. Craig made it "life bouy in water," which is good, except for the spelling. She insists upon my pointing out that shells also belong in water (figs. 136, 136a):

Fig. 136, Fig. 136a

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This one, described in good country fashion, "Muley cow with tongue hanging out" (fig. 137):

Fig. 137

This next one was described by the written word: "Goat" (fig. 138):

Fig. 138

And this one is so striking that I give the words in facsimile (figs. 139, 139a):

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Fig. 139, Fig. 139a

For the following, my wife described a wrong thing, and then added: "Now a sudden new thing, cone-shaped or goblet-like. This feels like it" (figs. 140, 140a):

Fig. 140, Fig. 140a

This was correctly named: "2 legs of something running" (figs. 141, 141a):

Fig. 141, Fig. 141a

This Alpine hat with feather seems to me no

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less a success because it is called "Chafing dish" (figs. 142, 142a):

Fig. 142, Fig. 142a

Nor this wind-mill because the sails are left off (figs. 143, 143a):

Fig. 143, Fig. 143a

These concentric circles are called "Horn (very curled), or shell" (figs. 144, 144a):

Fig. 144, Fig. 144a

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And here is a curious one, which came early in the tests. I call attention to the comment about the handle, which ran off the sheet of paper without any ending, just as she says. "Letter A with something long above it. Key or a sword, there seems to be no end to the handle. Think it's a key" (figs. 145, 145a):

Fig. 145, Fig. 145a

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And finally, this still more astonishing one, to serve as a climax. Let me explain that I am not so good an artist as this; I copied my drawing from some magazine (figs. 146, 146a):

Fig. 146, Fig. 146a

You note that my wife "got," not merely the whole top of the drawing, but some impression of the arms, which are crossed in a peculiar way. I ask her about this case—the drawing having been made less than a month ago—and I find that she remembers it well. She saw what she thought was a turban wound about the head, and got the impression of color. She wrote the words "not hair" to make this clear. The rest of the comment written at the time was: "See back of head, ear, and swirling scarf tied around head."

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