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Distant feelings: telepathy and the problem of affect transfer over distance

Pile, Steve (2012). Distant feelings: telepathy and the problem of affect transfer over distance. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37(1) pp. 44–59.

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This paper addresses the problem of affect transfer at a distance. Geographers have been creative in importing concepts that seek to account for the transmission of affect. These include terms such as suggestion and contagion, and indeed transmission itself. In this paper, I explore the problem through the concept of telepathy. Telepathy, understood as ‘distant feeling’ or ‘feeling at a distance’, is directed at the problem of the transfer of affect as well as thought over distance. Using telepathy to throw into sharp relief the problem of affect transfer, this paper explores examples drawn from late nineteenth century psychology, late twentieth century psychic spying (remote viewing) and Freud’s interpretation of occult phenomena. The paper concludes on the implications of telepathic unconscious communication for understanding affect transfer at a distance.

Item Type: Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author
ISSN: 1475-5661
Keywords: telepathy; unconscious communication; affect; remote viewing; transference; psychoanalysis
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 30430
Depositing User: Steve Pile
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 09:52
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:09
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