From October 9, 1910
IS THERE A WORLD OF SPIRIT BEHIND MATTER? (PDF)
100 years ago last week, the Times Magazine ran a front page article in which Thomas Edison states his belief that there is no soul, and no life after death. This week, the Magazine printed several articles in response.
In this one, Dr. Isaac Heysinger recounts the evidence for life after death as he published in his book “Spirit and Matter Before the Bar of Modern Science” (Google Books). If what he says in the article is any indication, it seems to be just a lot of anecdotal evidence.
He starts by listing a full page of scientists who believe in the spirit world. He goes on to say:
“The basis of all religions,” he declares, “of whatever race, country, or age, is the same, and this basis is precisely identical with the claims and practices of modern Spritualism” — meaning by that term the Spiritualistic conception of the universe. “This universal belief,” he goes on, “in all times and ages, and among all people, is valid evidence of its truth.”
In other words, if enough people believe in something it must be true!
Possibly related articles:
- Readers Of The Times Take Issue With Edison’s Statements
- Author Of “Brain And Personality” Replies To Edison
- “No Immortality Of The Soul” Says Thomas A. Edison