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15 - James Hyslop - Life After Death (en)

15 - James Hyslop - Life After Death (en)

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Problems of the Future Life
and its Nature
Secretary of the American Society for Psychical Research
and formerly Professor of Logic and Ethics in Columbia
UniversityNew York 
MOST of the
material in this book is new. Two chapters and a
part of a third are reproductions of previously published matter,
and they are incorporated because they are so relevant to the mainobject of the work.
But the rest of it has been suggested by the
need of discussing
some problems which are sequels of the
scientific collection of facts with which psychic research
has solong occupied itself in the effort to
ascertain whether man survived
bodily death or not. I have not taken the pains in this
work to
quote the facts which tend to prove such a claim. The material is
too plentiful and voluminous, as well as complex, to
take the space
for it. The publications
of the various Societies for Psychical
Research supply the evidence in such quantity and quality that
would require a volume by
itself to quote and explain its import. I
assume here sufficient intelligence on
the part of most people who
have done critical reading to see the cogency of 
it and to accept the
proof of survival in it, though there are associated problems not sowell secured against difficulty. The trouble with most
people is
that, in estimating the evidence, they take with them certainpreconceived
ideas of what a spirit is and so adjudge the evidence
The scientific man, however, assumes nothing
about a spirit
except that it is a stream of consciousness existing apart from the
physical body. How it may exist, he does not
inquire, until he is
convinced that there is evidence of the fact of it,
and then a large
number of associated problems arise. I have under
viPREFACEtaken here to discuss these connected problems and so I assumethat survival has sufficient
evidence for its acceptance to make a
tentative effort to satisfy
some curiosity about the furtherquestions that have more interest than the
purely scientificproblem of the continuity of life.
At the present day there is the usual, perhaps more
than the
usual, passion to know whether, if a
man die, he shall live again,
and it takes the form of an intenser interest in the nature of the lifeafter death than in the scientific
question of the fact. This problem
is discussed at some length in this work. It is not
easy to satisfy
inquirers on this point. Most
of them suppose that, if we can
communicate with the discarnate, they can easily tell us all aboutthe transcendental world. But this is an illusion and
the sooner that
we learn that there is a very large problem before us in that matter
the betterfor our intellectual sanity. It is comparatively easy to
prove survival, when you have once
eliminated fraud and
subconscious fabrications. But it is
a very different matter to
determine just
what we shall believe or how we shall conceive thenature of the existence beyond the grave. It will
be a matter of long
investigation and all that I can hope to do in this work is to suggest
the considerations that must be taken into account
when discussingthe problem.

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