isis unveiled: xii (forbidden ground)

"High above all other names in his Pantheon of Nihilism, Mr. Huxley writes that of David Hume. He esteems that philosopher's great service to humanity to be his irrefragable demonstration of "the limits of philosophical inquiry", outside which lie the fundamental doctrines "of spiritualism", and other "isms". It is true that the tenth chapter of [...]

isis unveiled: xii (forbidden ground)

"As to the advance of scientists, their very learning, moreover, is impeded by these two causes - their constitutional incapacity to understand the spiritual side of nature, and their dread of public opinion. No one has said a sharper thing against them than Professor Tyndall, when he remarks, "in fact, the greatest cowards of the [...]

isis unveiled : xii (forbidden ground)

"Every day brings new admissions of scientists themselves, and the criticisms of well-informed lay observers. We find the following illustrative paragraph in a daily paper: "It is curious to note the various opinions which prevail among scientific men in regard to some of the most ordinary natural phenomena. The aurora is a notable case in [...]

isis unveiled : xii (forbidden ground)

"You never hear the really philosophical defenders of the doctrine of uniformity speaking of impossibilities in nature. They never say what they are constantly charged with saying, that it is impossible for the Builder of the universe to alter his work. ...No theory upsets them (the English clergy). ...Let the most destructive hypothesis be stated [...]