Boirac, Emile (1851–1917)
Rector of the Dijon Academy and noted French psychical researcher.
In the course of his study of human emanations, he
revived Franz A. Mesmer’s theories concerning animal magnetism,
which he saw as the cause of psychokinesis and other
physical phenomena of Spiritualism. His observations on the
obscure phenomena of exteriorization of sensitivity carried
the researches of Paul Joire and Albert de Rochas a step farther.
His major book, La Psychologie inconnue (1908), was awarded
the Emden Prize by the French Academy of Sciences.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Boirac, Emile. L’Avenir des sciences psychiques. Paris, 1917.
Translated as The Psychology of the Future. London, 1918.
———. La Psychologie inconnue. Paris, 1908. Translated as
Psychic Science. London, 1918. Translated as Our Hidden Forces.
New York, 1917.

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