Positive Effects Of Mesmerism On Science And Society

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Effects of Mesmerism on Modern Science and Society The 1700’s is considered to be the age of enlightenment. What is enlightenment? This question has been inquired about by historians for years. To me, enlightenment is the wonder and curiosity one shows to expand their mind. In this period, scientists were asking perplexing questions and even came up with quality explanations for these questions, but some scientists had far fetched ideas that would become a type of pseudoscience. The far-fetched idea that will be discussed is Mesmerism. When the idea came to be, it didn’t sound as ludicrous because years earlier, Newton had constructed his theory on gravity. Which explained that every body of matter extorts a force on other bodies of matter. The Leyden jar, capable of storing electricity and producing electric shocks, had already been invented before Mesmer used the idea for his baquet. Around this same time, Albrect von Haller came up with his irritability theory that “claimed bodily organs received vibrations of fluid through the irritability of nerves and muscles” (Ludwig, Arnold M). Along with the discovery of the electric rod, mesmerism concurred perfectly in the mix of these astonishing findings. Within this paper, what mesmerism is, positive effects of mesmerism on science and society, and the negative effects of mesmerism on science and society will be discussed. In 1778, Franz Anton Mesmer fled to Paris and commenced his experiments on Mesmerism. Mesmerism is

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