Library of Psychical Research

Attitudes towards psychical research have changed considerably with the passage of time, as these books demonstrate.  In terms of policy, to take just one aspect, there has been a pronounced growth of secularism with diminished belief in an afterlife, perhaps reflected in the growth of cremation as an alternative to former funeral practices. Is this, scholars ask, significant for political attitudes? One argument is that diminished belief in conventional religious beliefs results in more emphasis on social action as the present life is seen as unique, without any prospect of future recompense. 

Psychic Tendencies of To-day: An Exposition and Critique of New Thought, Christian Science, Spiritualism, Psychical Research (Sir Oliver Lodge), and Modern Materialism in Relation to Immortality

by Alfred Wilhelm Martin Purchase Author Alfred Wilhelm Martin (1862-1932) was a Unitarian minister, and led the Ethical Culture Society, which was centered on the concepts of morality being independent of theology, and that industrialization and modernization presented…Read more Psychic Tendencies of To-day: An Exposition and Critique of New Thought, Christian Science, Spiritualism, Psychical Research (Sir Oliver Lodge), and Modern Materialism in Relation to Immortality