Not even Edmonds could summarize, or "recap," these bandied and qualification-tormented observations, or resolve their contradictions by pointing out with his pipestem the truth that lay somewhere in between. So they came to no decision about what to recommend, but tabled the matter till another meeting, which meant another term. Which was perhaps just as well. But in rolling his eyes to the ceiling, Tattersall had noted a wide and rapidly spreading wet spot in the plaster there. Thus a serious leak in the plumbing was detected, in time to save the school hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars in repair expense, and making them all feel that something worthwhile had been accomplished by this meeting.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Let me begin by saying that I don't know any more about where Professor Arthur Barnhouse is hiding than anyone else does. Save for one short, enigmatic message left in my mailbox on Christmas Eve, I have not heard from him since his disappearance a year and a half ago.
What's more, readers of this article will be disappointed if they expect to learn how they can bring about the so-called " Barnhouse Effect." If I were able and willing to give away that secret, I would certainly be something more important than a psychology instructor.
I have been urged to write this report because I did research under the professor's direction and because I was the first to learn of his astonishing discovery. But while I was his student I was never entrusted with knowledge of how the mental forces could be released and directed. He was unwilling to trust anyone with that information.
I would like to point out that the term " Barnhouse Effect" is a creation of the popular press, and was never used by Professor Barnhouse. The name he chose for the phenomenon was "dynamopsychism," or force of the mind.
I cannot believe that there is a civilized person yet to be convinced that such a force exists, what with its destructive effects on display in