An Experiment with Time

J W Dunne's precognitive dreams and theory of time


J W Dunne


A & C Black, London, 1929
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Printing Details

Second edition, second printing. Hardback bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. 22.5 × 14cm, viii, 213pp [2].

First published in 1927, An Experiment with Time was about Dunne's precognitive dreams and a theory of time which he later called "Serialism". The first half of the book describes a number of precognitive dreams, most of which Dunne himself had experienced. His key conclusion was that such precognitive visions foresee future personal experiences by the dreamer and not more general events. The second half develops a theory to try and explain them. Dunne's starting point is the observation that the moment of "now" is not described by science. Contemporary science described physical time as a fourth dimension and Dunne's argument led to an endless sequence of higher dimensions of time to measure our passage through the dimension below. Accompanying each level was a higher level of consciousness. At the end of the chain was a supreme ultimate observer.


A good copy. The blue cloth is faded to the spine and the boards have faint but comprehensive staining, however the contents are in good, clean condition and the book remains very readable.



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