DR. RHINE'S EXPERIMENTS [To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR] Soal—no
doubt owing to the faulty expression of my view—has not done justice to my remark about not having detected laxity in Dr. Rhine's actual technique. I did state my feeling that independent observers should have been secured, but I omitted criticism of the defective Zener cards for the simple reason that they did not affect the most important experiments, in which neither the backs nor the faces of the cards were seen by the subject. In some experiments the investigator himself did not know which card had been selected. Mr. Soal I believe holds the view that if these experiments are genuine there is no escape from the deduction that E.S.P. of this kind exists. If some of Dr. Rhine's subjects really called their guesses without seeing or touching the backs of the cards and got results above chance—as Dr. Rhine states— then Mr. Soal is forced to the conclusion of fraud, and I fancy he shrinks from such a conclusion.—Yours faithfully,
18 Great College Street, Westminster.