Review of Reviews,  3 (1891), 262.

Ghosts: What are They? By Professor Alfred Russel Wallace




Publications abstracted:

Alfred R Wallace Arena


Psychical Research, Spiritualism, Supernaturalism

    Relates how 'Dr. Wallace regards it as proved that the spirits of the so-called dead still live', even though 'he admits that most of their communications are trivial and commonplace'. His 'conclusion on the whole matter is that if we look upon these phenomena not as anything supernatural, but as a perfectly natural and orderly exercise of faculties and powers of the spiritual being [...] we shall find every objection answered and every difficulty disappear'. This explanation, however, 'leaves untouched the great difficulty, which indeed it suggests, viz. why in the nature of things should these communications be so very occasional and accidental?'.

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