Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"Let us see in what degree Comte's boasted religion of the future is superior to Spiritualism, and how much less likely its advocates are to need the refuge of those lunatic asylums which they officiously recommend for the mediums whom they have been so solicitous about.   Before beginning, let us call attention to the [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"Covering themselves with the mask of a pretended erudition, the Positivists of this country have organized themselves into clubs and committees with the design of uprooting Spiritualism, while pretending to impartially investigate it.   Too timid to openly challenge the churches and the Christian doctrine, they endeavor to sap that upon which all religion is [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"The philosopher-mathematician - the high priest of the "religion of the future" - taught his doctrine as do all his brother-prophets of our modern days. He deified "woman", and furnished her with an altar; but the goddess had to pay for its use.   The rationalists had laughed at the mental aberration of Fourier; they [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"Some thirty or forty years ago, in France, Auguste Comte - a pupil of the Ecole Polytechnique, who had remained for years at the establishment as a repetiteur of Transcendent Analysis and Rationalistic Mechanics - awoke one fine morning with the very irrational idea of becoming a prophet.   In America, prophets can be met [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"The most inveterate, uncompromising enemies of Spiritualism are a class very fortunately composed of but few members, who, nevertheless, declaim the louder and assert their views with a clamorousness worthy of a better cause.   These are the pretenders to science of young America - a mongrel class of pseudo-philosophers, mentioned at the opening of [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"The development of psychological science has been retarded far more by the ridicule of this class of pretenders, than by the inherent difficulties of its study.   The empty laugh of the scientific nursling or of the fools of fashion, has done more to keep man ignorant of his imperial psychical powers, than the obscurities, [...]