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INTRODUCTION BY SIR A. CONAN DOYLE

PART I

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I. ANTECEDENTS OF MODERN SPIRITUALISM

Fundamental conception of Survival and Communication
not new-Communion of Saints-Rise of Science and
Critical method-Moral revolt against Hell-Disbelief
in Survival resulted from these two causes-Spiritualism
restored Belief, on basis of facts as in Early Christianity
- Providential wisdom shown in delay of Psychical Sci-
ence until after establishment of Physical Science-Bib-
lical Spiritualism-Greek Oracles-Plutarch-Virgil,
Æneas' Vision, Dido's Dream-Pliny-Neo-Platonism-
Chinese Spiritualism-Jews and Teraphim-Nuns of
Cevennes-St. Médard-Irvingites

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VII. THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH

Founding by Cox of “Psychological Society," 1875—Dis-
solved in 1879—S. P. R. founded, 1882-Objects--Meth-
ods—No creed-Critics-Mrs. Piper-Integrity-Phinuit
régime-George Pelham-—“Imperator” band--Classical
matter unknown to the medium-Manner of the trance
Now ceased-Other mediums, non-professional-Mrs.
Thompson-Reports by Dr. van Eeden and Mrs. Verrall
-Cross-correspondences--Classical allusions in scripts of
non-classical Automatists—General mind-stuff theory-
Sir Oliver Lodge's “Raymond”—Sir William Barrett's

“On the Threshold of the Unseen"

VIII. PhysicAL PHENOMENA

Line rather arbitrary, but Physical Phenomena mostly

meaning demonstrably Supernormal movement or Be-

haviour of Matter—The Wesley haunt-Worksop and

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Folkestone poltergeists—Eusapia Palladino-Raps-Dr.
Joseph Maxwell—Dr. Crawford and the Goligher circle
Direct Voice, Admiral Usborne Moore's investigations

Spirit Photography

IX. CONFIRMATORY PHENOMENA IN INDIA

Wide distribution of phenomena–Jacollist's book-Vase-

movements--Raps—Table made heavy-Harmoniflute

playing untouched-Materialisation-Identity-evidence

– Jacollist's Sceptical attitude—The Brahmanic scheme

very like that of A. J. Davis

X. GHOSTS

Facts in nature, though exceptional ones, like globular

lightning-Definition—"Hallucination”—“Proceedings,”

S. P. R., vol x-"Phantasms of the Living”—Mr.

Walker-Anderson's case - Projection of Phantasm by Mr.

S. H. Beard-Possible subjectivity-Local Ghosts—

Lytton and eidola, ghost being only a partial manifesta-

tion of the total self—"Induced” Ghost seeing: normal

Clairvoyance Illustrations of Mr. Wilkinson's medium-

ship-Evidence that deceased people come to meet their

dying friends

XI. ON EVIDENCE, PROOF AND BELIEF

Survival accepted even by sceptical wing of S. P. R.-

Mrs. Sidgwick—Difference between Psychical Research-

ers and Spiritualists—Subliminal Memory-Coleridge's

story of the polyglossal servant-girl-Hypnotic experi-

ments-Multiple personality-Blanche Poynings-But

evidence goes beyond Subliminal Memory-Nature of

Trance-Controls—Standards of proof-Critic's low stan-

dard-Must be cumulative-Coercive proof not possible

-Psychology of belief--Personal history in reaching

convictions

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VI. FECHNER'S THEORY OF LIFE AFTER DEATH

The World-Soul-Human Personality perhaps a part of
it-Inorganic Matter not unconscious-Saturated with
Mind-But Selves do not merge after bodily Death-
Individuality continues to grow—The post-mortem Body
- Material results of Earth-Actions and Thoughts
Rapport-objects-Links up with Myers's Subliminal-
Recognition after Death-Deeper sleep, wider memory,
till Death restores all, forgotten things having preceded

us—Scientific nature of Fechner's system

VII. SPIRITUALISTIC CONCEPTIONS OF AFTER-DEATH

CONDITIONS

Swedenborgian in asserting Similarity to Earth-life, but
more optimistic—Universal Salvation—Spheres, Jews
and Plurality of Heavens-Paul's “Third Heaven”-
Summerland Tuttle, McKenzie, Wilson—The Theo
sophical scheme-A compromise scheme suggested, in-
cluding elements of Origen and Fechner-Best Spiritual-
istic opinion wisely restrained as to Definite Spheres-
Stead's “After Death"-Excessive Mourning wrong-
Love the chief thing-Experiences at Death-Stainton
Moses, information from spirit about conditions over

there-Reality of the life

VIII. CONCLUSION

Summing up-Belief in Survival became moribund in

early nineteenth century-Spiritualism revived it by

finding and emphasising same sort of Phenomena as

those on which Christianity was based-Swedenborg had

prepared the way-S. P. R. work-But Spiritualism is

more than belief in Survival and Communication, it is a

Religion-Includes Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood

of Man Is nearer the Christianity of the first three cen-

turies than is the Christian Orthodoxy of to-day-Oppo-

sition based mainly on ignorance-Nature of future life

Spiritualistic opinion regarding Christ—The seven articles

repeated

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