by T Stokes
Papers are soon to be released on the findings of Physicist Benson Herbert’s exhaustive studies into the paranormal, under the 40 year rule. Virtually forgotten today, because of his open mindedness to study results, remember most psychic researchers have reached the conclusions that their financiers expect.
In 1966 Herbert was top dog, and he moved his laboratory called “The Paralab” to Wiltshire to avoid London’s traffic vibration, electrical system and noise pollution. His delicate instrumentation brought in similar results to those of Nicola Tesla. The Soviets who during the Cold War greatly feared scientist Peter Wright of “Spycatcher ” fame, and have documentation taken from his friend and spy Lord Rothschild, this claims that during radio eavesdropping from Cyprus, the biggest listening post in the world, primitive evidence of E.V.P or Electronic Voice Phenomena, or voices from the dead were obtained accidentally by Peter Wright. Benson Herbert believed that all psychic phenomena was electrical in origin, and transmission, and visited many haunted sites with his equipment, and he also captured strange, intriguing sounds from the past.
In 1970 Herbert was invited by Soviet scientists as top British representative, to the Prague Symposium on Psychotronics, this is the technical term for military use of psychic ability, first pioneered by Churchill in W.W.II, although Herbert is not well known in the Britain of today, his work is much valued and still studied in the Soviet bloc. R.G. Medhurst of the Society of Psychical Research invited Herbert to a series of séances, to attend these was anathema to orthodoxy at the time, and the fact that he investigated U.F.O sightings and allowed himself to be regressed to previous lives upset many of his colleagues, who felt there should be very clear lines of division between scientist and psychic.
In 1972 Herbert while in Leningrad, met Nina Kulagina, the Soviet PK specialist who shocked him by moving a heavy chair to him across the room by pointing her finger at it, Later she held his arm and as the heat burnt him and he collapsed in pain, he had the scar for over a week. He also investigated Suzanne Padfield, the psychic who held a photograph of a murdered child in Moscow, and from 1700 miles away identified the killer, she also deflected and bent beams of light in his laboratory. Experiments on blind people who could read through their fingertips
(derma-optics) Bore amazing results.
Herbert, a top class intellectual and expert paraphysicist had some of his research taken by British authorities and stamped Top Secret, as he saw himself as a man of the people, this did not sit well with him. he claimed that H. G. Wells had stumbled onto something when he spoke of extra spatial dimensions, Herbert described this as “The pantograph effect” that the drawing in one world of an event, would cause similar phenomena in another, this in a synchronistic way was described by Schopenhauer as: “coincidence is the simultaneous occurrence of causality, unconnected to events” of which Hippocrates said :”the world was held together by hidden affinities or threads” similarly, Adolph Hitler believed the shameful way
Germany was treated after W.W.I by the international community, made him believe in the “world seriality theory” that all worlds exist linked in cyclic accord.Carl Jung brought it all together as the Collective unconscious.
Herbert’s death in 1991 revealed that like many other genuine researchers, he believed in psychic abilities, but said there were many fakes, he said he had no time for publicity seeking quacks such as we see wit James Randi types, and make believe psychologists, but that much, much more research was necessary, and in the workings of the great pantograph, Over time, the inner meanings of the psychic worlds would be revealed.