Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To share an article on social media…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you find an article or content on PEP-Web interesting, you can share it with others using the Social Media Button at the bottom of every page.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Servadio, E. (1957). Reply to Dr. David Brunswick's Comment. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 38:57.

(1957). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 38:57

Reply to Dr. David Brunswick's Comment Related Papers

Emilio Servadio

Dr. Brunswick's remarks about the paper he quotes seem to me very pertinent. A careful student should always think of any possible way of ruling out supposed 'paranormal' factors in a given occurrence, and see whether the facts could be not interpreted in a 'normal' fashion. This is, of course, what I have constantly tried to do (my general attitude is apparent in the very title of my paper), although perhaps such endeavours can never reach 100 per cent evidence.

Regarding the first point raised by Dr. Brunswick I can only say that my patient (who was, as it will be remembered, an obsessional) was always extremely precise in his statements, and that his memory of details, even after a notable lapse of time, was astonishingly accurate. It seems therefore highly improbable—and this is all I can state—that he should have made such a major mistake about the night of his dream. I fully acknowledge that this is not a certainty in a mathematical or factual sense: it is only a very probable assumption as far as my knowledge of the case goes. In fact, I am still quite confident that no falsification of time did actually occur, although I obviously cannot prove it.

Dr. Brunswick, however, has certainly noticed that in my paper, my opinion regarding the possible precognitive elements in the case was particularly cautious, owing to the great difficulty of making assessments about any alleged precognitive phenomenon. I wrote, in fact, that a couple of items in the occurrence seemed to me 'not fully understandable in purely "telepathic" terms', etc.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.