A sense beyond the material?




In the nineteenth century, the spirituailist's turning table (and, in the form of the planchette, the automatic writing table) tells of historical conflicts over people, objects, words, and ways of thinking that have been extraordinarily influential and yet are apt to go unnoticed. Unlike the hula hoop, the nineteenth century table was an extraordinarily provocative object; and by showing how controversial ordinary things could be, spiritualism exposed occult powers within many areas of nineteenth century reason, including religion, science art, education and philosophy.