Does "in any conscious or dishonest way" refer to the former statement? i mean. refer to "i have observed many.."

In speaking of Miss Kate Fox, Professor Crookes says: "I have observed many circumstances which appear to show that the will and intelligence of the medium have much to do with the phenomena." He adds that this is not in any conscious or dishonest way, and continues, "I have observed some circumstances which seem conclusively to point to the agency of an outside intelligence not belonging to any human being in the room."

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He, Crooke, seems to be saying that when observing Kate Fox, her will and intelligence may be affecting the phenomena (whatever that is?) but he does not consider her influence to be happening consciously or by dishonestly.

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    When do we get to read about the big dog? Jun 16, 2020 at 19:36
  • i searched about the big dog. macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/big-dog. but i still cannot understand. it is because of our different cultures.
    – user116714
    Jun 16, 2020 at 19:43
  • Okay, I'll explain my joke. You are citing passages from a very obscure book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hardly anyone knows about it. I was playing with the stackexchange audience by implying that I'm a bit dumb in thinking these passages were from another, very famous, book by the same author. Its one that everyone has heard of called 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and tells the story of a monstrous dog terrorizing the inhabitants of Dartmoore. Jun 16, 2020 at 19:48
  • @ Bruce Murray what is your opinion about this book? when you see that it is not a story but it is a history. i read but i don't know should i believe Doyle or not? this is my first encounter with Doyle. explain a little.
    – user116714
    Jun 16, 2020 at 19:55
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    You can believe that Doyle is sincere in his history, and his investigation, of spiritualism. But you should remember that whatever "evidence" was obtained, none of it really stood up to scientific scrutiny, as the passage in your recent question admits. IMO the entire matter is based on an understanding of psychology, and what people want to believe. Like cloud-gazing, our minds create what they expect to see. Perception and reality are quite different things. Jun 16, 2020 at 20:11

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