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Raymond, Or Life and Death: With Examples of the Evidence for Survival of Memory and Affection After Death [Paperback]

Oliver Lodge , Raymond Lodge
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14 Feb 2010
This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (14 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1144513820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1144513823
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 24.2 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,472,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Philosopher's View 18 Nov 2011
I am a philosopher and am currently running a course on consciousness and spirituality. This book is a 'must have' for my students; it is a well-considered account by a careful scientist (ennobled for his contributions to science) of the experience of communication with his son, who had been killed in the 1914-18 war, and various other people who have "passed on". At a time when the fashion in philosophy is firmly materialistic, this book provides a tonic for students, and others, wanting to come to terms with the world they live in.

John Gibbs
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BUT 1916 4 Aug 2011
This is an interesting book I recommend to those interested in spiritualism and the "survival of bodily death" (Myers). Published originally in 1916, it's 400 pages about Raymond Lodge who was killed in 1915 in WW1. The book is in 3 sections, Raymond's life in the WW1 trenches, apparently successful attempts to communicate with him after death, and the authors discussion of what that success means. The author, Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940), father of Raymond, was an eminent English physicist interested in spiritualism.

The first 2 sections were enjoyable. The first (life in the trenches) is intended to give the flavour of Raymond, but also gives insight into trench warfare. The second is a sequence of meetings, mostly with prominent mediums, at which Raymond "comes through" and there are tests of his continued existence.

There are often references to Frederic Myers ("Human Personality and the Survival of Bodily Death" - 1903), who assisted Raymond on the other side. Oliver Lodge was knowledgeable about cross-correspondences, and Myers is said to have warned Oliver Lodge (before Raymond's death) that a difficult trauma was upcoming. Some of that communication was cross-correspondences (including the Faunus message).

The 3rd section of the book impressed me less. The author, usually thoughtful, alternated between pages of boring generalities and pages where the author gave eloquent views; perhaps he was afraid of making hypotheses without scientific evidence. There was, toward the end, a declaration of religious belief that would be rare in modern texts. Finally, the book shows it's age in that there is no reference to remote viewing (and protocols), none to non-locality, and too little realisation that time might be less fixed than appears. For those prepared to risk hypotheses, I recommend Jane Robert's Seth books e.g., "The Nature of Personal Reality".
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5.0 out of 5 stars LODGE WRITES OF HIS "COMMUNICATIONS" WITH HIS SON 15 April 2013
By Steven H. Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge (1851-1940) was a British physicist, and a Christian Spiritualist who was a member of `The Ghost Club' and served as president of the London-based Society for Psychical Research from 1901 to 1903. He wrote other books such as Man and the universe,, survival of Man a Study, Reason and Belief, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1916 book, "This book is named after my son who was killed in the [First World] War. It is divided into three parts. In the first part ... the spirit shown by any number of youths... is illustrated by extracts from his letters... The second part gives specimens of what at present are considered by most people unusual communications... it may well be believed that it is not without hesitation that I have ventured thus to obtrude family affairs. I should not have done so were it not that the amount of premature and unnatural bereavement at the present time is so appalling that the pain caused by exposing one's own sorrow and its alleviation, to possible scoffers, becomes almost negligible in view of the service which ... may thus be rendered to mourners... The third part of the book... is designed to help people in general to realise that this subject... is subject to a law and order of its own, and that though comparatively in its infancy it is a genuine branch of psychological science."

He begins the second part by stating, "I have made no secret of my conviction, not merely that personality persists, but that its continued existence is more entwined with the life of every day than has been generally imagined; there is no real breach of continuity between the dead and the living... methods of intercommunion can be set going in response to the urgent demand of affection..." (Pg. 83) After admitting that he feels his son has now communicated numerous times with him, he says, "the family scepticism, which up to this time has been sufficiently strong, is now, I may fairly say, overborne by the facts." (Pg. 84)

In the third part, he argues, "It may be doubted whether Materialism as a philosophy exists any longer, in the sense of being sustained by serious philosophers; but a few physiological writers... continue to advocate what they are pleased to call Scientific Materialism. Properly regarded this is a Policy, not a Philosophy..." (Pg. 284) He notes, "Life must be considered sui generis; it is not a form of energy, nor can it be expressed in terms of something else. Electricity is in the same predicament; it too cannot be explained in terms of something else. This is true of all fundamental forms of being." (Pg. 290) Later, he adds, "Life and mind and consciousness do not belong to the material region; whatever they are in themselves, they are manifestly something quite distinct from matter and energy, and yet they utilise the material and dominate it." (Pg. 317)

He says of his purported communications with his son, "In every way he has shown himself anxious to give convincing evidence. Moreoever, he wants me to speak out; and I shall." (Pg. 375) He concludes, "Let us not be discouraged by simplicity. Real things are simple. Human conceptions are not altogether misleading. Our view of the Universe is a partial one but is not an untrue one. Our knowledge of the conditions of existence is not altogether false---only inadequate. The Christian idea of God is a genuine representation of reality." (Pg. 395)

Lodge's writings were "key" to the Psychical Research/Spiritualist movement, and should be studied by anyone interested in this era.
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