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Old 15th December 2016, 07:30 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by PainKiller View Post
Eric Dingwall a well known psychical researcher is usually portrayed as a skeptic when it came to the paranormal. However, Arthur Conan Doyle argued that Dingwall was a secret believer in the paranormal, but he pretended to be skeptical to colleagues at meetings.
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Hmmm...
Originally Posted by Eric Dingwall
Since I gave up nearly all active work in psychical research, I have often been asked why, after more than sixty years' work in the field, I have finally lost most of my interest in it. There are two answers to the question. First, I have come to the conclusion that the present immense interest in occultism and in the grosser forms of superstition is due, to a certain extent at least, to the persistent and far-reaching propaganda put out by the parapsychologists. In this they have, I think, a very grave responsibility. With the gradual decline in the West of belief in Christianity has come not, as one might have hoped, a leaning toward the rational way of looking at the world but a decided tendency to adopt the magical way. Thus Christianity, unbelievable as it may be to the rational mind, has been supported by the occult superstitions of darker ages. One reason, therefore, for my ceasing work is that I do not wish to be associated with persons who actively support such superstitions as are today everywhere apparent. I cannot accept such responsibility...
So no then.
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