Poltergeist Phenomena in the Scientific Revolution & the Enlightenment.

Sources & recommended readings for this video: https://www.forbiddenhistories.com/poltergeist

Welcome to part 1 of our journey into the haunted past of science and medicine!

We start off by looking at interesting responses to reports of poltergeist disturbances by Robert Boyle and others at the early Royal Society in London, who thought there was something to investigate.

We will also address one of the myths exposed by recent historical scholarship: during the Enlightenment, “things that go bump in the night” were not so much debunked and investigated, but more scoffed & laughed out of intellectual discourse.

Published on April 19, 2020