Presidential Addresses to the Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1911

Presidential Addresses to the Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1911

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... really liked. They are only admitted to our Schools on sufferance, as an inferior grade of study suited to the backward and the ignorant; they are not regarded with affection and enthusiasm, as revelations of Divine working, to be reverently studied, nor as subjects in which the youth of a nation may be wholesomely and solidly trained. Very well, still more is the time not quite ripe for our subject; pioneers must expect hard knocks, the mind of a people can change only slowly; and until the mind of a people is changed, new truths born before their time must suffer the fate of other untimely births; and the prophet who preaches them must expect to be mistaken for a useless fanatic, of whom every age has always had too many, and must be content to be literally or metaphorically put to death, as part of the process of the regeneration of the world. The dislike and mistrust and disbelief in the validity or legitimacy of psychical enquiry is familiar. The dislike of the Natural Sciences is almost defunct. It survives undoubtedly; they are not liked but they are tolerated: and I am bound to say that part of the surviving dislike is due not alone to heredity and imbibed ideas, but to the hasty and intolerant and exuberant and splay-footed attitude of some men of science, who, knowing themselves to be reformers, feeling that they have a grain of seed-corn to plant and water, cannot be content to go about their business in a calm and conciliatory spirit, but must seek to hurry things on by a roughshod method of progression, which may indeed attain its ends, but gives some pain in the process, and perhaps achieves results less admirable than those which might have been attained by the exercise of a little patience, a little more perception of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236953967
  • 9781236953964