It is evident from this that sensations that
were apparently not perceived, and
so never active in consciousness, were
nevertheless unconsciously preserved.
Later, through the agency of automatic writing, they were reproduced.
The dissociation of sensory impressions is analogous to an abnormal
degree of dissociation in the reproductive processes of memory.
In the latter case it tends to place beyond recall certain experiences
that the individual needs in his daily life-that is, certain experiences
of his past life, or part of it are dissociated from memory.
An interesting example of this is the celebrated Ansel Bourne case,
reported for the Society of Psychical Research by Dr. Richard Hodgson.
PATHOLOGICAL EVIDENCES OF
The Ansel Bourne Case
Ansel Bourne was a preacher of Greene, Rhode Island.
He disappeared on the morning of January 17, 1887, after having
drawn $551 from the bank.
Bourne's disappearance caused a great deal of excitement in the town on account
of the money that he had with him. His picture and description were published
far and wide. Foul play being suspected, the police took an active part in
the search, but no trace of his whereabouts could be found.
On the morning of March 14th, two months later, a man in Morristown, Pennsylvania,
woke up in fright and called upon the people of the house to tell him where
he was. He declared that his name was Ansel Bourne, and that he lived in Greene,