A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 4, 1974

Putting together a TIME cover can produce a spirited clash of viewpoints among writers, editors, correspondents and reporter-researchers — one that ultimately serves to balance and enhance the finished story. Such was the case in dealing with the complex and controversial subject of psychic phenomena. Los Angeles Correspondent Richard Duncan was particularly open in his approach. One day at U.C.L.A., Duncan submitted himself to Kirlian photography, a process for measuring psychic energy. Although there were too few exposures to prove or disprove anything to his satisfaction, Duncan was interested to see that the developed film of his fingertips showed blotchy, whorled...

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