Isis Unveiled: chapter II (A Deeper Philosophy)

“When such a metaphysician and philosopher as Henry More gives such testimony as this, we may well assume our point to have been well taken.

Learned investigators, all very skeptical as to spirits in general and “departed human spirits” in particular, during the last twenty years have taxed their brains to invent new names for an old thing. Thus, with Mr. Crookes and Sergeant Cox, it is the “psychic force.”

Professor Thury of Geneva calls it the “psychode” or ectenic force; Professor Balfour Stewart, the “electro-biological power”; Faraday, the “great master of experimental philosophy in physics”, but apparently a novice in psychology, superciliously termed it an “unconscious muscular action”, an “unconscious cerebration”, and what not? Sir William Hamilton, a “latent thought”; Dr. Carpenter, “the ideo-motor principle”, etc., etc. So many scientists – so many names.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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