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A term used
by French psychical researchers to indicate knowledge acquired through cryptesthesia,
i.e., without the use of the five senses.
Although this term was employed by the French psychical researcher Dr. Eugen
Osty, it seems to have been originally coined by the researcher Emile Boirac
(1851-1917) in his book L' Avenir des Sciences Psychiques (Paris,
1917), and was ascribed in Dr. Osty's work Supernatural Faculties in
Man (London, 1923).
The term was derived from the Greek words meta (after) and gnomon
(knower), and is used to indicate the phenomenon of supernatural cognition,
now generally referred to as "extrasensory
perception" by parapsychologists. A.G.H.