Page 6, 24th November 1939

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Short Notices

Men Who Are Shaping the Future. By Edgar Middleton. (Gifford, 8s. 6d.) It cannot be said that Men Who Are Shaping the Future, by the late Edgar Middleton, makes very cheering reading in the light of contemporary events, for those who are In conerol regard the scientist solely as a man who will aid them in intensifying and prolonging the struggle. Apart from this, these slight essays on various modern scientists and their work, written in the main from the materialist-humanist standpoint, are entertaining and informative, though not always strictly accurate, Fifty Years of Psychical Research. By Harry Price. (Longmans, 10s. fid.) To a Catholic this book is ineffably sad. The object of scientific research into the world of fake and humbug is, forsooth, proof of the existence of spirit and evidence of " personal survival." Though he finally admits with a frankness which characterises the whole book that "Not a single case of materialisation, levitation, ectoplasm or tcleplasrn, telekinesis, apport phenomena, transfiguration, spirit lights, psychic breezes, spirit photographs, or poltergeists has been observed under conditions that would satisfy orthodox science," Mr Price tends to attribute this to a lack of interest on the part of " orthodox science "; which in turn he explains by the fact that " there is no money in psychical research; though there is plenty in spiritualism."

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