isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

"Every objective manifestation, whether it be the motion of a living limb, or the movement of some inorganic body, requires two conditions: will and force - plus matter, or that which makes the object so moved visible to our eye; and these three are all convertible forces, or the force-correlation of the scientists. In their [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

"The philosophers, and especially those who were initiated into the Mysteries, held that the astral soul is the impalpable duplicate of the gross external form which we call body. It is the perisprit of the Kardecists and the spirit-form of the spiritualists. Above this internal duplicate, and illuminating it as the warm ray of the [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

"Mr. Cox's first point seems, therefore, not well taken; it is based upon an hypothesis mechanically untenable. Of course our argument proceeds upon the supposition that levitation is an observed fact. The theory of psychic force, to be perfect, must account for all "visible motions...in solid substances", and among these is levitation. As to his [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

"It is a well-known fact to both mediums and spiritualists, that the more the former is passive, the better the manifestations; and every one of the above-mentioned phenomena requires a conscious predetermined will. In cases of levitation, we should have to believe that this self-generated force would raise the inert mass off the ground, direct [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

"Before we fairly proceed on our analysis of such views we must remind the reader that we find ourselves placed between two extreme opposites represented by two parties - the believers and unbelievers in this agency of human spirits. Neither seem capable of deciding the point raised by Mr. Cox; for while the spiritualists are [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

"In Mr. Crookes' Notes of an Enquiry into the Phenomena called Spiritual, on p. 101, this gentleman quotes Mr. Sergeant Cox, who having named this unknown force, psychic, explains it thus: "As the organism is itself moved and directed within the structure by a force - which either is, or is not controlled by - [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

""Facts are stubborn things", remarks Mr. A. R. Wallace, in his preface to Miracles and Modern Spiritualism. Therefore, as facts must be our strongest allies, we will bring as many of these forward as the "miracles" of antiquity and those of our modern times will furnish us with. The authors of the Unseen Universe have [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

"The probability of falsification by such men having been defined so clearly by a man of science, we feel free from the necessity of discussing the question in connection with the names of Van Helmont and his illustrious but unfortunate master, the much slandered Paracelsus. Deleuze, though finding in the works of the former many [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

"In a recent address at Nashville, Tennessee, Professor Huxley laid down a certain rule with respect to the validity of human testimony as a basis of history and science, which we are quite ready to apply to the present case. "It is impossible", he says, "that one's practical life should not be more or less [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VI (seeds of truth)

""It may throw some light to observe, that Van Helmont, as well as Paracelsus, took water for the universal instrument (agent?) of chymistry and natural philosophy; and earth for the unchangeable basis of all things - that fire was assigned as the sufficient cause of all things - that Seminal impressions were lodged in the [...]