Library of Psychical Research

To read is to fly: It is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience, and the fruits of many inquiries.
— A.C. Grayling, philosopher and author

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. 

心灵研究图书馆

正如本馆藏所表明的那样,随着时间的推移,人们对心灵研究的态度发生了巨大变化。就政策而言,仅从一个方面来看,世俗主义出现显著增长,对来世的信仰减弱,这可能反映于越来越多火葬代替以往葬礼实践的情况。学者们问道,这对政治态度是否重要?一个论点是,传统宗教信仰的减少导致对社会行动的强调出现增加,因为现世的生活被视为独一无二,不存在任何未来(来世)回报。