“Professor Agassiz, who occupied in America nearly the same eminent position as a scientist which Mr. Faraday did in England, acted with a still greater unfairness.
Professor J. R. Buchanan, the distinguished anthropologist, who has treated Spiritualism in some respects more scientifically than any one else in America, speaks of Agassiz, in a recent article, with a very just indignation.
For, of all other men, Professor Agassiz ought to believe in a phenomenon to which he had been a subject himself. But now that both Faraday and Agassiz are themselves disembodied, we can do better by questioning the living than the dead.
Thus a force whose secret powers were thoroughly familiar to the ancient theurgists, is denied by modern skeptics. The antediluvian children – who perhaps played with it, using it as the boys in Bulwer-Lytton’s Coming Race, use the tremendous “vril” – called it the “Water of Phtha”;
their descendants named it the Anima Mundi, the soul of the universe; and still later the mediaeval hermetists termed it “sidereal light”, or the “Milk of the Celestial Virgin”, the “Magnes”, and many other names.
But our modern learned men will neither accept nor recognize it under such appellations; for it pertains to magic, and magic is, in their conception, a disgraceful superstition.”
H. P. Blavatsky