Gustave Geley was born in Montceau-les-Mines, France, in He became a physician, though he was interested in the unconscious and in psychical research. His first book was concerned with the origin of species. Between and , he had twiceweekly sittings with Beraud at her home in Paris.
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Gustave Geley was born in Montceau-les-Mines, France, in He became a physician, though he was interested in the unconscious and in psychical research. His first book was concerned with the origin of species.
Between and , he had twiceweekly sittings with Beraud at her home in Paris. When she arrived for a sitting, Beraud was undressed in his presence as a doctor, he was allowed to see her unclothed , and then was literally sewn into a tight-fitting garment something like a body stocking. Geley observed formations of Ectoplasm very similar to those reported by Schrenck-Notzing and others. He never saw full form Materializations, but he did watch hands or heads form out of the Ectoplasmic substance.
Investigators would sometimes touch these formations, which would dissolve at their touch. In his third book, From the Unconscious to the Conscious ; English translation, , Geley reviewed a variety of data from psychical research and sought to develop further his idea of mind-body interaction. Unlike most of his colleagues in Psychical Research, Geley was a spiritualist at heart, and he accepted the reality of Reincarnation as well as the possibility of communication with the dead through mediums see Survival After Death.
In , when the French industrialist Jean Meyer gave money to establish the Institut Metapsychique International in Paris, Geley gave up his medical practice to become its director. Geley held additional sittings with Beraud at the IMI. Wax casts of limbs materialized by Kluski were successfully produced and placed on exhibit at the IMI. He recorded his later work with Beraud and his work with Kluski and Guzik in Clairvoyance and Materialisation ; English translation, Geley died in an airplane crash on his way back to Paris from Warsaw, where he had attended a sitting with Kluski, on July 15, He was Twenty-five years after his death, an article by R.
Lambert suggesting that Geley had covered up evidence of fraud by Beraud appeared in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. Further Reading: Inglis, Brian. Science and Parascience: A History of the Paranormal, — London: Hodder and Stoughton, Lambert, Rudolph.
Lodge, Oliver. Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology. New York: Helix Press,
Geley, Gustav (1868-1924)
Geley was born in at Montceau-les-Mines, France , and became a physician. Shortly before the publication of his second book, which is considered by many the most important contribution to psychical research since F. Geley was a keen and indefatigable investigator. When, under fraud-proof circumstances, paranormal results were apparently produced in his laboratory, he had to defend himself against the accusation of medical colleagues that he was an accomplice of the medium. He consented to having his premises examined for secret doors and to being chained up with other investigators. The most palpable evidence he produced for the reality of metapsychical phenomena were plaster casts from the mediumship of Franek Kluski, which were put on view in the institute.