Isis Unveiled: chapter II (A Deeper Philosophy)

“A tornado of indignation followed the confession. Mr. Crookes depicts it in his pamphlet on Psychic Force. He heads it very pointedly with the quotation from Galvani: “I am attacked by two very opposite sects – the scientists and the know-nothings, yet I know that I have discovered one of the greatest forces in nature….” He then proceeds:

“It was taken for granted that the results of my experiments would be in accordance with their preconceptions. What they really desired was not the truth, but an additional witness in favor of their own foregone conclusions.

When they found the facts which that investigation established could not be made to fit those opinions, why…so much the worse for the facts. They try to creep out of their own confident recommendations of the inquiry, by declaring ‘that Mr. Home is a clever conjurer who has duped us all.’

‘Mr. Crookes might, with equal propriety, examine the performances of an Indian juggler.’ Mr. Crookes must get better witnesses before he can be believed.’

‘The thing is too absurd to be treated seriously.’ ‘It is impossible, and therefore can’t be.’…(I never said it was impossible, I only said it was true.) ‘The observers have all been biologized, and fancy they saw things occur which really never took place’, etc., etc., etc.” (W. Crookes: “Spiritualism Viewed by the Light of Modern Science.”)”

H. P. Blavatsky

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